Swami

Team

Antonio Arco Torres
Antonio Arco Torres
Team Leader
Jorge Talens Ortiz
Jorge Talens Ortiz
Team Member

Project Description

Today we all have a smartphone in our pockets and a great proof of this is that nowadays there are more mobile phones than people circulating around the world. These devices are wonderful and have changed our way of life in a radical way, today we cannot even think of spending a day without our phone. However, we cannot be blinded by their goodness since such a massive number of devices represents a serious problem for the environment aggravated by the fact that to manufacture them, we need rare earths, as well as non-recyclable materials and especially considering that although we think about them as pocket computers, unfortunately they do not last half as much as a one of these. The Vega project was born with the mission to stop this increasingly serious problem attacking the main reason that a person has to change their smartphone early, the degradation of the battery. In a survey we conducted, we discovered that 70% of people had changed their device due to problems with the battery. If we consider the problems that a phone can suffer during it lifetime many of us can easily live with a crash smartphone screen or a malfunctional button on it, however, when our terminal does not reach the end of the day with charge is when we really need to change it. Besides the other problems are avoidable, the degradation of the battery does not, anyhow, we can slow it down to extract a few more years of life from our terminal and this is what Vega wants to do, help the consumer to squeeze the maximum useful of his device offering a simple way to take care of the battery on his phone to reduce the number of devices that need to be manufactured and therefore discarded. The smartphone is only the top of the iceberg since we have sights on electric scooters, laptops, motorcycles, anything battery.

Success Story

In the smartphone market, manufacturers have always wanted the customer to change his mobile device as often as possible, but he has always resisted suffering the fact of having a device with old software, a crash screen or a broken button, however once the battery of his device fails he is forced to change it even if his actual phone is all he needs and only fails that point, as he cannot stand the inconvenience that causes having to always be on the lookout for a plug in places other than his home. Of course, we cannot ignore the disbursement that buying a new phone represents for this client who most of the times would prefer to invest that money in anything else. From this concern, Vega was born with the idea of helping this average customer to maximize the years of useful life he can get from his device, helping him to take care of the battery inside his phone as much as possible. Over time as more and more users join in using an adaptive Vega charger, it will reach a point where manufacturers cannot ignore this trend and have to start offering this charger in bundle with their devices as it is their own market who is demanding it. In this world in which each smartphone sold comes with an intelligent charger designed to take maximum care of the battery inside it, would have been possible to considerably reduce the number of telephones that we demand to manufacture, reducing the need for mining of rare earths, which pollute to a large extent during their extraction and they are even a main source of armed conflicts in developing countries, the need to get rid of millions of devices, which usually end up in huge technological graveyards destroying our planet even more. Of course, we cannot forget the fact that the average consumer will have an extra money that would otherwise have been destined for a new terminal and that now he will be able to use for anything he wants, that fact makes smartphones more and more accessible for people.