Samsung’s upcycling program is designed to give new life to old tech – TechCrunch

In the world of annual refreshing cycles, there has always been a big question mark as to what to do with old technology, which we give up very easily. There are many options for disposal and recycling of these items which often contain rare earths and sometimes harmful materials. The concept of uplift has also become an increasingly popular alternative – providing a new lease on life for old technology. After all, your three-year-old smartphone may not be the latest and greatest, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary.

During this morning CES At the kickoff press conference, Samsung outlined its new Galaxy upcycling in the Home program. For now, we got some very broad strokes about the event – and we’ll get more information on this Friday’s Galaxy Unpacked event. Here’s what the company says, “The new program redefines the lifecycle of an older Galaxy phone and provides consumers with the option of how they can reuse their device to create a variety of convenient IoT tools Huh.”

Examples of pressures include a baby monitor, a pet caretaker sensor to turn on lights from afar, and a more abstract “digitally safe home” using Samsung Knox. It will be interesting to see what else the company got on that front – and there is certainly something to be said for keeping the old technology relevant even after its planned obsolescence.

The second piece of the puzzle is one of the more fun initiatives initiated by the company in recent years, in which boxes can be converted into house hold objects. The company announced this morning that all of its QLED, UHD TV and audio projects will feature packaging.

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As part of an ongoing commitment to eco-consciousness, Samsung is building products and solutions with sustainability at the core. For example, Samsung’s new solar cell remote control – built in part with recycled plastic – can be charged via solar or indoor lighting, reducing battery waste.