Back in January, I wrote about Sprint’s goal to make it easier for their customers to upgrade obsolete phones or fix broken ones in order to reduce E-waste, but today I’ve come across an idea that, at least in concept, raises the bar for planned obsolescence antidotes. Let’s call it planned resilience.
You won’t be able to wear the same duds from toddler to teenager, but a company called Gro Furniture has created a reconfigurable crib that you can theoretically use from the day you’re born, until the day you die.
It’s kind of like a giant-sized building toy, and by swapping various components what starts as a baby’s crib can be re-configured to a toddler’s bed, a day bed for older kids, and eventually an adult-sized desk.
Now, I say this raises the bar at least in concept, because, with a $1,900 price tag for the base unit and all the accessories that allow you to modify it for all of the various uses, it’s not likely to become more than a niche product.
Still, all that said, I like the vision!