- Samsung’s Upcycling at Home project is now available in the UK and US.
- The project, which arrives through the SmartThings Lab feature, turns old Samsung phones into IoT devices.
- These old phones can then be used as baby monitors, smart home control hubs, and more.
Some of us have a growing collection of old smartphones lying idle in a drawer somewhere. But if those are Samsung devices, you may be able to upgrade them to IoT devices through Samsung’s Upcycling at Home program (h / t SamMobile).
Initially announced in January, the program is Samsung’s bid to extend product life cycles and reduce unnecessary waste. It is now being rolled out to South Korea, the UK, and the US in the form of the SmartThings app update. You can enable the feature in the SmartThings Labs section. It gives consumers the option of using an older smartphone as an audio sensor or smart home hub.
Use old Samsung phones as baby monitors
The feature can actively monitor for sounds like crying babies or barking dogs using the phone’s microphone. It can also turn on smart devices in response to lighting conditions as well. This feature is powered by the device’s ambient light sensor. As the feature works through the SmartThings platform, the phone can control Samsung products in the home as well.
According to a recent opinion poll, the majority Android Authority readers keep older phones as a backup, while a small proportion “replenish” the device. This initiative should give consumers another useless case for older phones.
You can install the update if you own a Galaxy S, Note, or Z device running Android 9 and newer or released from 2018. That’s right – you can turn on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are the world’s most expensive baby monitors. if you really want to. If you don’t own any old Samsung phones, you can try Google’s Live Transcribe app, which also offers monitor-like functionality.