Smartphones Recycled Into Devices That Detect Deforestation

27 June 2014

Rainforests are full of exotic animals and plants. But one group is using technology to keep a check on particularly dangerous creatures — humans.

San Francisco startup Rainforest Connection is recycling old smartphones into devices that detect deforestation and alert authorities to illegal logging activity or poaching.

Hidden in trees, the solar-powered devices are programmed to pick up destructive sounds, such as chainsaws or alarmed animals, according to the company's Kickstarter page. An alert is then sent via text message to local authorities, who can then respond immediately. Also, anyone who downloads the Rainforest Connection app can listen live to the sounds of the Sumatra rainforest.

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