Despite the average Smartphone life-cycle getting longer, it’s still approx. 22 months (inline with operator monthly plans) and with the over 52% of the worlds cell phones now Smartphones means there is probably a lot of useful devices gathering dust in peoples draws.
This thought occurred to me one night when hunting down some components for an Arduino – the components I was looking for were readily available on something like the Nokia N95 or Sony Ericsson W995 – these devices are still powerful and useful devices that could be useful for the age of IOE (Internet of Everything/Things).
The Phenix Project is an idea I’m playing with; it would be a community that houses/purpose donated ‘Feature Phones’ (or old Smartphones – imagine there would be a few iPhone 3 etc lying around, and more so with Android … and most definitely with BlackBerry) into something useful.
At this stage I’m just trying to devise (or rather, when I get time will) some ideas – at the moment I have the obvious ones, such as:
– Baby Monitor
– Elderly Monitor
– (Your) Child Tracker
Afterwards hopefully I can approach some operator for support. Get in touch if this is something you are interested in.