If you own an old Samsung device that collects dust on your shelf, you finally have a reason to turn it back on. At the company’s CES 2021 event on Monday, Samsung announced a Galaxy Upcycling at Home program that will turn old smartphones into IoT solutions.
The Galaxy Upcycling at Home program will allow consumers to relocate their old phones to things like a baby listening monitor or security device with Samsung Knox. You can put an old Samsung phone in a nursery, and it can, for example, listen to a crying baby and send you alerts. Samsung also complained that the system could potentially be used as a pet care tool.
“The new application depicts the lifecycle of an older Galaxy phone and offers consumers options on how they can reuse the device to create a range of practical IoT tools,”
Samsung said it plans to release a software update for older devices, although it is unclear which devices will be on the list. It is also unclear which versions of Android Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling at Home application will support. Unfortunately, Samsung did not share an ETA for when Galaxy Upcycling at Home will launch.
With e-waste as a major problem thanks to the rise in smartphone popularity, Samsung’s application is a very smart way to extend the life of older devices.
Samsung originally announced the Galaxy Upcycling program in 2017 in an effort to promote sustainability by relocating older devices for new use. In the video above, Samsung explains that some of the older phones were previously reimagined in portable eye examination devices. It is an innovative way to reduce the impact of waste and promote recycling and reuse.
When Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling at Home program is released, we’ll be sure to let you know.