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Life Cycle Assessment of a Virtual Reality Device

Huawei Technologies Sweden AB, Skalholtsgatan 9, 16494 Kista, Sweden
Challenges 2017, 8(2), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/challe8020015
Received: 25 May 2017 / Revised: 4 July 2017 / Accepted: 6 July 2017 / Published: 8 July 2017
Virtual reality (VR) is one of the strongest trends for future communication systems. Considering the amounts of VR devices expected to be produced in the coming years, it is relevant to estimate their potential environmental impacts under certain conditions. For the first time, screening life cycle assessment (LCA) single score results are presented for a contemporary VR headset. The weighted results are dependent much on the source of the gold and the electric power used in production. Theoretically, using recycled gold for the VR subparts would be very beneficial seen from an environmental damage cost standpoint. Using low environmental impact electric power in the final assembly of the VR headset, in the final assembly of integrated circuits, and in the preceding wafer processing would also be worthwhile. Distribution of the final product is more pronounced than for other consumer electronics. View Full-Text
Keywords: headset; life cycle assessment; virtual reality headset; life cycle assessment; virtual reality
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