Ty Sopko, a cofounder of Shift Sight, is building durable electronic devices with parts designed for automobiles or industrial machinery. He says components for high-tech gadgets typically have short lives because they’re built for speed. They also don’t have to last long because of current rates of technological obsolescence. Sopko finds this wasteful and environmentally insensitive, so he is building durable technology for applications that don’t require instant gratification. His first product, called Jade, is a device for teaching STEM lessons with programmed learning. Sopko says it has the processing speed of a personal computer from 1993, but it doesn’t have to go faster. He hopes to make it available for household use in 2020 and then market it to schools. He says when school systems feel compelled to constantly upgrade to the latest tech gadgets, “children are accidentally learning disposability.” In the meantime, Jade is being focus-grouped.