Samsung launches its initiative for the reuse of old Galaxy mobiles. The debate about what to do with mobile when acquiring a more modern and advanced one is not new, for which there is a diversity of possibilities, as we already know, although now comes Samsung with the expansion of its Galaxy Recycling Program by launching the Galaxy Upcycling at Home initiative, which allows reconverting somewhat old Galaxy phones into IoT devices, in beta phase.
According to the company, this initiative is starting now in the US, UK, and Korea for Galaxy S, Note, and Z series handsets launched in 2018 and feature Android 9 or higher.
Users who already have access to the program will only need to access the SmartThings app to download the corresponding update that allows them to turn their cell phones into IoT devices that can detect sounds or can automatically turn on artificial light when a threshold level of illumination of the area in which it is located is reached.
As a sound detection device, based on Artificial Intelligence, it will be able to detect the sounds of a baby crying, a dog barking, a cat meowing, or a knock, sending the corresponding alert to the user’s main phone, along with the corresponding recording so that the user can listen to it.
And as a light-sensing device, Samsung indicates that users can configure to turn on the light, or even the TV, through the SmartThings ecosystem, comes a certain level of illumination in the room.
In either of these two possibilities, Samsung notes that it has equipped its initiative with battery optimization solutions to minimize battery usage, although at the moment it has not clarified the autonomy it can provide to the devices.
The company intends to expand support for other Galaxy phones in the future, although we do not know if it will be extended to other markets.