Samsung ‘Galaxy Upcycling’ initiative lets you breathe new life in your old Galaxy phones

At the CES 2021, Samsung introduced the ‘Upcycling at Home’ program, which reimagines the lifecycle of an older Galaxy phone and lets consumers how they might be able to repurpose their device to create a variety of convenient IoT (Internet of Things) tools.

The ‘Upcycling at Home’ activity allows users to reuse their older Galaxy phones as Samsung Knox baby monitors or safety devices. It will send notifications to the user when the baby cries by just putting an old Samsung mobile in the baby room.

Now, as per the official info, Samsung announced to expand the Galaxy Upcycling program with Galaxy Upcycling at Home, which converts old Galaxy phones into a variety of IoT devices through a simple software update. Today, the company has implemented the beta service for Galaxy Upcycling at Home in the US, the UK, and Korea.

Make Any Home a Smart Home

By revamping the built-in sensor, the Galaxy Upcycling in the Home program can provide better sound and light control functions. The user can replace the old device through the function SmartThings Labs in the SmartThings app.

Using improved artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, Galaxy devices can more accurately isolate sounds in daily environments, and users can choose to save certain recordings.

For example, if the device sounds like a baby crying, a dog barking, a cat screaming, or knocking on the door, it will send an alert directly to the user’s smartphone, and the user can hear the recorded voice.

The device can also be used as a light sensor to measure the brightness of the room. When the room is darker than the preset light standard, the user can easily turn on the lights or TV automatically.

In order to detect continuous sound and light, active operation for a long time is required. Therefore, Samsung has equipped Galaxy Upcycling with home upgrade products with battery upgrade solutions to reduce battery usage.

These devices will be able to easily connect to SmartHings, allowing them to interact with countless other IoT devices in the SmartThings ecosystem.

This innovative solution is part of Samsung’s ongoing commitment to support the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which is a global blueprint for achieving a more sustainable and prosperous future by 2030 through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

By reducing waste and promoting more sustainable production practices and consumer practices, the Galaxy cycle upgrade at home pays special attention to goal 12 (responsible consumption and production).

According to Samsung:

Today, Galaxy Upcycling at Home provides a wide array of new solutions that help make everyday life a little easier while promoting more sustainable habits that benefit the planet. By offering consumers a way to upcycle their products with new features and alternative purposes, Samsung is helping to extend the lifecycle of its products while diverting its users from contributing to global e-waste.

Samsung is building environmental sustainability into everything we do. This includes taking dedicated action across every stage of the product lifecycle to help the world transition to a circular economy that makes greater use of sustainable materials, extends product longevity, and reuses resources. Through programs like Galaxy Upcycling, Samsung intends to deliver innovative technologies that reshape consumer experiences while empowering them to play a part in sustainable practices.


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