The climate emergency is the greatest threat to our planet this century. We are currently on a path to catastrophe. Key to solving this crisis is the circular economy: a tool for us to re-evaluate the way we use products and services. Critical to circularity is the idea of repairing products, rather than throwing them away.
But today, electronics repair is too slow and difficult to be affordable in most cases. Millions of products are thrown away each year when they fail - often just due to a single component failing.
POP is a new type of tool that makes repair as easy as taking a photograph. Within seconds, repairers can now diagnose complex problems with circuit boards, drawing upon a crowdsourced database of common issues to save both time and money for consumers. Once they know the problem, they can order the replacement part with the tap of a button.
POP uses thermal imaging technology to effortlessly compare a broken board to a known-good image, allowing it to accurately diagnose a variety of different electronics issues in a way that is sensitive to the context of the board.