As humanity creates increasingly smartphones annually there’s an unintended glut of nonetheless succesful but much less fascinating one-yr-previous or two-yr-previous smartphones that take the backseat to new fashions. Whereas many of those retired smartphones nonetheless work and have usable sensors like cameras, accelerometers, contact screens and bluetooth radios, giant swaths of them stay unused or, worse but, find yourself in landfills.
At SXSW 2016, I spoke with the chief of the Phonvert challenge, Tomo Kihara, and he pointed me to analysis from IDC “that greater than 280 million working smartphones have been changed with out being recycled final yr.”
With this information in thoughts, Tomo together with Keisuke Shiro, Kosuke Takahashi, and Seibe Takahashi based Phonvert—an open supply software program platform that may convert retired smartphones into usable IoT (Web of Issues) nodes.
You put in Phonvert onto your previous smartphone after which you can also make it usable and useful once more for quite a lot of duties like: Fridge Cam, Mailbox Cam, Video Child Monitor to call a number of.
It’s necessary to notice that the staff—based mostly out of Tokyo—thinks of themselves extra as a motion than a startup. They’re additionally open to amassing new concepts for a way smartphones could be reused with their software program on twitter by way of the hashtag #phonvert.