Ter a pauze from tradition, one of the planet’s leading tech-manufacturers are attempting to display that there’s life remaining te their products, even after most users have deemed them obsolete. At their latest developer’s conference, Samsung debuted a range of ways consumers could re-purpose their older devices. Known spil the C-Lab, the team of visionaries displayed off a facial recognition unit created using an old mobile phone, and a Galaxy S3 which had bot “upcycled” into a fishtank control unit/photography suite.
Most interestingly of all perhaps wasgoed the cryptocurrency mining equipment created from 40 Samsung Galaxy S5s. According to an information sheet provided at the conference, the creative division of the electronics giant estimate that it takes just eight S5s to mine at a greater efficiency than a desktop rekentuig. Based on the specifications on display, the equipment that the team demonstrated off sounds like it would fight to rival with the vast ASIC farms used to mine Bitcoin. However, it seems it would perform just fine mining any other proof-of-work coin and there are no shortage of options for users to choose from.
According to Kyle Wiens of iFixit, the problem with old electronics is often not with the hardware itself but with the software. This makes it amazingly wasteful to just let them gather dust te a drawer waiting for three days use when you accidentally leave your main-piece down the side of your mate’s couch at the weekend. The components comprising modern devices are still powerful. However, various insecurities within the operating systems don’t permit support for the most up to date applications. Wiens posited the question to Motherboard:
If you have this flawlessly functional chunk of hardware that doesn’t have good software anymore and you want to keep it running for ten years, how do you do that?
The reaction is exactly what C-Lab is working towards. They project on releasing designs for various upcycling projects spil well spil all the necessary software to wipe the old Android operating system off units, and substitute it with programming that permits for its re-purposing. Wiens explained that the company had setup a placeholder github pagina with movies demonstrating the potential uses for products which have bot rendered obsolete. He continued to state that the project wasgoed totally open and would permit users to make and upload their projects and share their ideas with the community. This would permit all those “redundant” Two to 3-year-old handsets and tablets to retain some value. Something that Wiens deems significant given the tempo of innovation ter the technology industry and the cost of fresh devices:
The best thing for the planet is for your old devices to be worth spil much spil possible. There’s a rechtstreeks correlation inbetween secondary market value and environmental longevity. [Samsung] wants to maintain the value of their devices long term. If they know they’re going to justify a fresh price of a thousand dollars for a fresh Note, it’s lighter to get people to spend that thousand dollars if they can resell it for five hundred.