How to Make A Connected Home Using Old Phones?

Recycle cell phones. I wish this was the motto of all of us to live. While researching for this article, I came across some official sites of the mobile industry in rich countries dedicated to the recycling of old mobile phones. So, I know that the message is being sent. But is that a player can find its place in any place other than the trash? I hope so.

Finding A Use for Your Appliance

Recycling of mobile phones has never been so easy. But if you think there’s some life left in the old Bell, you can still squeeze a little something out of it before handing it to a recycling program. Use the creativity inside you, and be inspired a little.

Connecting Your Home with An Old Cell Phone

Connect your home doesn’t mean just leave your House. It also means doing everything in your House is properly used and that you don’t have dead spaces or garbage-strewn lot. The important thing is to give a utility for all. And at this point, you can also end up connecting, technologically speaking, your whole House.

An Old Cell & An Object of Art

The first connection of a old phone with your House can be made through a work of art. Imagine using the device as a lamp. Now imagine that this luminaire can be activated by sound or by an application in your mobile more new. Yes, is possible. All you need is a little time, a little programming knowledge and creativity. Communities and sites on the internet such as Instructables are excellent to share ideas and find out how to put your project into practice.

Take An Old Cell Phone for An Adventure

To go for an adventurous trip with a new smartphone can result in severe pain, if you put in the water or let it fall by accident. Who has a pool or large backyards at home, know that this is a constant risk.

So, there are applications that can turn your old cell phone to a phone like any other in the House, without the need to use a SIM card for it. You can install Skype, WhatsApp among other chat applications, connecting your old appliance to your home Wi-Fi and without worry so much if the device falls to the ground or inside your pool.

Use An Old Phone as An Instrument of Education for Their Children

Kids today are born in a digital world. I personally think that children should be encouraged to view cell phones as more than just a text messaging device. A simple use to children could be to use a cell phone camera to collect old images of flowers and leaves, rocks, or even insects and study them later. Children can use applications like Google Goggles to identify art works and monuments, among other things. Put some audio books in old appliances in MP3 can also be great.

If the old cell phone is a smartphone, so the applications are available in abundance that can help recycle the mobile phone in a study tool that does not need to be a major headache about the condition. There are also applications that can transform the old appliance in a scanner. Why don’t you ask your children to scan the books and photos of the House?

Use An Old Phone as A Webcam or Camera Remote

A old phone with a camera can be easily converted into a webcam with the right kind of app for the make and model. Some of the simplest instructions follow below:

  • Mobiola Web Cam solution is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile or Symbian (Nokia), but is not free;
  • If you have an iPhone, you can go to iWebCamera and use it for video chat by Skype or anything else;
  • ICAM: a streaming webcam iPhone streamingpara that can be configured on an iPhone dropped and used as a remote surveillance camera;
  • Android users can get by IP Webcam, SmartCam and DroidCam as possible alternative webcam solutions. All are free and you can follow the individual instructions for configuring them.

With some programming knowledge, you can end up doing some applications or modifications to better connect your cell phone to your home.

Turn Your Device Into A Mouse, Keyboard and Universal Remote Control.

You can use your Android smartphone, and even an iPhone as a mobile mouse, wireless remote control, keyboard or trackpad. There are applications in practically all the App Stores to turn appliances on mice and keyboards, as well as universal remote controls.

Remember that some appliances will need an infrared transmitter to function as universal remote control for televisions and other electronics.

Try, Disassemble, Adapt and Create

There are millions of applications that can give the old smartphones a breath of life. I personally use my old phone as a camera and Notepad. Soon, he will be transformed into a “forehead camera” for filming in my garage. I’m always trying to have a use for it.

These days, I read a lot about the circuit Arduino and its sensors. When you have some time, maybe use my old appliances in the lock of the door as password, connecting the Arduino to my device. But this is just an idea, that with a bit of research I’ve seen which was conducted by some people.

The limit here is your creativity. You may need to spend a little on some accessories, but I assure you it will be worth it, in addition to impress your visitors.

What is your creative idea to recycle your mobile phone without throwing it away or give it to someone else? Share your ideas in the comments!