This could be huge! I believe a better title would be something related to the upcycling project.
It's also smart for Samsung. It encourages a secondary market for their old phones, increasing prices, and nudging their customers to "turn over" to a newer phone with the higher resell value.
Skip to 9 minutes for a more fluent english speaker that I found much easier to follow. He mentions wiping Android, installing some base OS and using Docker at 12:25 in the video.
The website http://upcycling.io/
But how would I connect sensors and other things to the phone?
In comparison, the Antminer S9 will do 13Th/sec for about 1275W. This gives a hash rate of 0.098 J/GH.
In essence, an actual bitcoin miner is about 15,000 times more efficient. I'm all for recycling, but this is not an effective solution.
Why not release the documentation for the displays for use in other products, or release technical documentation for other parts of the board? This would be a much better step in recycling instead of building an anemic space heater with bitcoin.
It runs current Android (Lineage) and I haven't yet even thought about upgrading my phone. I only had to change the battery recently as last through a day anymore, but now there is not much more to desire.
Like Nest thermostats and cameras - there's no reason those devices couldn't be replaced by old phones running custom software, instead of buying purpose built hardware that costs $150+. My old iPhone4 is just as capable hardware-wise as a nest cam - so why can't I turn it into that?
Amazon Echo Show - that could just be an old phone docked to a speaker base.
Smart Light Switches - phone on the wall.
Dedicated alarm clock - old phone on the night stand.
Host device for chromecasts or AppleTV? Old phones have more than enough power, they just need an HDMI output adapter.
Lots of possibilities, especially with something like their bitcoin rig that ties a bunch of devices together for more horsepower.
Old phones could become the standard device replacing things like the Raspberry Pi if it was that easy to switch them over to post-warranty FOSS mode. Even better would be if this upcycling was a requirement, so out of warranty devices could default to being a compute device with well defined interfaces to cameras and sensors. The EU could pass laws to enforce 'upcycling' standards so all electronics is not waste but has at least some usable compute capability even if thermally inefficient or with latency issues.
I have an old GS3 that I use for privacy-suck apps (I have no data left on it).
I have two app idea:
write motion activated camera app that stores motion activated pictures on google drive - special folder. Only me and my family have access to that google drive folder. Files will be deleted from that folder after N days.
--- Turn your old phones to security camera.APP
What do you guys think?
Good, bad, there is an app for that already?
Any other idea?