We’re not the only ones who get riled up about repair. Recyclers are also banding together for their right to reuse and repair equipment. Late last month, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) adopted a policy in support of their members’ efforts to reuse, repair, and reintroduce products back to the marketplace.
Following a successful campaign to legalize cellphone unlocking, winning key exemptions from the Copyright Office for repair, and strong support for repair-friendly state legislation, we are excited to launch The Repair Association (repair.org)—a new organization representing professional and consumer repairers. Expanding on and absorbing the work started by the Digital Right to Repair Coalition, repair.org will be a hub for repair professionals and a voice for the entire repair industry.
You may have seen those super cool kids, effortlessly gliding around the supermarket while you’re stuck walking the produce section—like a chump. You may have thought to yourself, “Should I get one of those highly advanced, futuristic wheeled-transport platforms? And if I do, will it spontaneously combust, as I’ve seen so many times on YouTube?” Yeah, we were curious too. So we teamed up with The Wirecutter and Ken Shirriff to take a hoverboard apart.
Meet Dallas-area teen Adrian Mayberry. Until recently, he was just a regular kid who liked to tinker with robots. Now, he’s the Duncanville Police Department’s personal repair whiz kid—after he successfully fixed the department’s new search and rescue robot.
Recently, one of our personal repair heroes stopped by iFixit’s California office. And we couldn’t resist the urge to talk shop. Janet Gunter is the co-founder of The Restart Project—an amazing UK-based repair organization. Gunter and her fellow Restarters aim to redefine the relationship people have with their stuff—especially their broken stuff. Our co-founder Kyle Wiens sat down with Janet to chat about the group’s mission.
Repair can be a rather male domain: women make up just 7% of computer repair techs, and only 2% of car repair techs. But we know a lot of fixy women, some of whom we’ve featured before: the micro-soldering mom (Jessa Jones-Burdett of iPad Rehab), grandma the fix-it girl (Jodi Spangler of Lakeshore Mac), and the women behind the nomadic repair service Pop-Up Repair (Sandra Goldmark, founder, and workers like Flora Vassar). Today, we’re highlighting a few more repair-savvy women.
General Motors just backpedaled its position on car hacking. The carmaker recently opened a pathway for non-malicious hackers to report security vulnerabilities in GM cars, reports Wired—despite previously opposing efforts to legalize independent security research by hackers under US copyright law.
In India, cycling isn’t a pastime; it’s a necessity. On the streets of Mumbai, you’ll see hawkers and farmers alike, peddling modified transport bikes (think pallets, rope, and training wheels)—going to and from the bazaar and customers’ homes. On a recent trip to India, I witnessed a new level of ingenuity: the knife sharpener. And no, I don’t mean a foot-long whetstone.
Last week, Samsung hyped its new smart fridge at the Consumer Electronic Show—and, predictably, found the Internet decidedly un-hyped. The “Family Hub” fridge comes equipped with a 21.5-inch touch screen right on the door. You know, in case you ever found yourself wishing you could see the contents of your fridge without even opening the fridge door. The screen does other stuff, too— it displays calendars, shows off family photos, plays music, and even lets you order groceries.
In New York City, a student at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School stuck his head through the doorframe and gave Jeannie Crowley an inquisitive look. “I heard you guys are fixing phones,” the student said. “No,” Crowley replied. “You’re fixing the phone—but we provide parts and support.” The student’s face lit up. “Really? I’ve always wanted to be able to do that,” he said. “But I’ve been too nervous to do it on my own.” Now students at the campus can learn to fix their phones on their own.
Before we go crashing into January (and the future!), we decided to take some time to look back at all iFixit and our amazing community got up to in 2015. It was a great year full of tools, fun, and the occasional repair. Thank you so much for being a part of it! We wouldn’t be anything without all the people that have made iFixit possible. Stay tuned for 2016!