You’ve all heard of (and hopefully, routinely use some form of) recycling, but “upcycling” is a significantly lesser-known process that has a somewhat similar goal. The idea is to basically avoid throwing away seemingly useless objects or products by repurposing or altogether transforming them into something of greater practical, environmental, or artistic value.
More specifically, you can turn your Galaxy S, Note, or Z-series phone released after 2017 into an IoT (Internet of Things) device capable of detecting certain sounds of interest, as well as measure the brightness level of a predefined room.
The former’s goal is for your old handset to accurately distinguish sounds in everyday surroundings and alert you when a baby is crying, a dog is barking, or someone is knocking at your front door, for instance. Meanwhile, the latter use case could come in handy to automatically turn on the lights or the TV when your room gets darker than you’d like, interacting with other devices in the SmartThings ecosystem to make your life easier.