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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2023-04
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Reverse Engineering Toolkit

Reducing e-waste through Reverse Engineering

According to the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP), electronic waste is estimated to increase to 74.4 Million Tonnes by 2030. A strong factor in the continuing increase of e-waste is the electronic industry artificially shortening the lifespan of their devices. Planned obsolescence, the inability to repair and abandoned software support all contribute to devices prematurely ending up in a waste stream. Older high-end consumer electronics devices have powerful components that, once open schematics, firmware and documentation has been created for them through reverse engineering, can be repurposed to create new and different devices.

To meet this aim, Unbinare is creating an open hardware reverse engineering toolkit consisting of the OI!STER (a tool for debugging and glitching MCUs), the UNBProbe (a passive, spring-loaded needle probe for probing PCBs), the UNBProbebase (a magnetic base with a prototyping area) and a breakout board - which allow to repurpose components salvaged from e.g. discarded mobile phones.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.