As consumers are used to updating their smartphones every year, the problem of harmful e-waste continues to pose a huge environmental challenge. Devices that are one or two years old may still be perfectly useful, but since they weren’t designed with upgrade in mind, when a user catches up with the latest and greatest, the “old” gadget is thrown away. to the sock drawer or, in the worst case, it ends up in a landfill. Samsung launches a program that turns your old phones into smart devices for your home Samsung, which is one of the leading manufacturers of smartphones and other electronic products, is trying to solve the problem with “Galaxy Upcycling at Home”. Its new software program, which enters beta today, allows Galaxy smartphone owners to download simple software and reuse their old devices as smart home items. Today, smartphones are packed with sophisticated sensors, many of which are used in smart home devices such as security cameras and baby monitors. Samsung decided that instead of buying one of those products and generating more waste, older phones could do it and extend their life. Via the SmartThings app From the company’s SmartThings app, Samsung offers owners two initial ways to reuse their old phones: With the built-in microphones Users can turn their phones into sound sensors that use AI to detect different noises , like the cry of a baby or the barking of a dog. Users choose specific sounds to listen to and if the phone picks up one, it will make a short recording and send it to the user’s phone. Using a phone’s ambient light sensor The device can also be reused to measure the brightness level in a room and automatically turn on smart lights or a TV when the sun goes down and a room becomes darker. You will need a compatible SmartThings device for that use case, but it would be helpful in case you want to make sure your lights turn on or off at different times to conserve power. When will it be available? Samsung has commented that its new platform “Galaxy Upcycling at Home” is available from today in the United States, United Kingdom and Korea on all phones of the S, Note and Z series launched from 2018, that is, the Galaxy S9, Note 9 and above. More devices and countries will be supported in the future.