We are looking at a world where many products involve microbial mechanisms. Animate Ltd were the first ones to protect modified bacteria by patent. One of their businesses is light – microbial lightbulbs have replaced electrical bulbs. Within a protective skin, light producing photobacteria live in a complex ecosystem. The bulbs are designed in a way that prevents the consumer from extracting the bacteria to secure the company’s intellectual as well as physical property. The system is built on a very deadly form of planned obsolescence. Once their nutrition is used up, the bacteria die. Our protagonist hacks animate products to keep the ecosystems and their life forms alive and extend his products’ lifespans.