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Samsung has built a bitcoin operating platform consisting of 40 older Galaxy S5 devices running under a new operating system. the initiative upcycling the company, according to Motherboard. The company's C-Lab has developed the mining facility and other uses for old phones, which were on display at the recent conference of the company's developers in San Francisco. The company has exposed old Galaxy phones and matching tablets stripped of reused Android software in various objects.
The company noted in an information sheet that the eight Galaxy S5 units are capable of extracting bitcoin with greater energy efficiency than a standard desktop. Offices, however, are not currently standard bitcoin extraction tools. The company refused to answer questions about the mining facility.
Samsung has been working on bitcoin technology in the past, after collaborating with IBM on bitcoin blockchain applications.
Samsung launches software
Samsung plans to publish the free software for projects that it has presented at the conference, said Robin Schultz, spokeswoman for the company, at Motherboard. Schultz said the platform offers an environmentally friendly way of using older Galaxy devices.
Recycling devices require the support of the original manufacturer.
Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, said that software is the key to keeping older electronics longer. The old phones software does not work on new applications.
iFixit is helping Samsung repair old S3s for the upcycling project. Weins said Samsung has built a layer between the hardware and the ability to install things on it.
The upcycling project has a video on Gitub. The site will allow users to download software to remove Android and open devices to other types of software. Users will be able to browse different software projects. Users will also be able to download their own projects and software.
Samsung also searches for bitcoins for future uses
Such a support for reusing devices is unusual. Apple and other companies make it difficult for users to repair broken devices. Samsung has also programmed an old phone with owl shaped facial recognition software to protect the entrance of a house, redirected a Galaxy S3 to monitor an aquarium and turned a Galaxy tablet into a laptop powered by ubuntu.
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