09 July
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Turn Your Mobile Into A House Hold Gadget

House Hold Gadget | Cash In Your Gadget

These days it feels like we’re forever selling our old gadgets, or the alternative, sticking them in a draw until we move house. This week we thought we’d share some wisdom on what your old semi working gadgets can be turned into.

Turn Your Mobile Into A House Hold Gadget

We’re in the business of recycling so it’s no surprise we know some of the tricks to utilising old gadgets. If you’re looking to use your old mobile phone for something other than making some quick cash, we’ve got some great ideas.

When you think about it, even the first generation iPhones are essentially miniature computers; this makes them perfect for repurposing.

Apps

Did you know there are loads of apps designed to help you transform your phone? There are also some pretty awesome low-cost accessories.

Security Camera – Manything, Silent Eye (Android), Dormi (Android)

Turn your phone into a security camera connected to wifi. Manything is a free app which means your device can be used to keep an eye on things in your home. Watch what’s happening by setting your old phone in a position ready to catch a sticky-fingered sibling or a curious cat while you’re away on holiday.

Games Console – Old Android Devices

It’s surprisingly easy to turn your old mobile into an additional games console controller. Connect your phone to your TV using chromecast, or micro USB to HDMI. On the app store, there are a large number of emulators for some of the classic game consoles including Nintendo 64!

Add your PS3 or PS4 wireless Bluetooth controller and you’re ready to play.

A VR Device

If you feel like you’ve missed out on a VR, you can make your own! Although virtual reality seems to have fallen a little flat, curiosity still gets the best of us sometimes, which is why so many YouTubers have made their own.

Turning your phone into a VR device is surprisingly simple. Google recently launched something called Daydream. It’s a virtual reality headset which uses your smartphone for the screen and processor. The downside is your old device might not be fast enough to handle the app, although a large number of Android devices are.

Creating your VR headset can be as cheap or as expensive as you like; you can buy a £13 kit or make your own with a pen, ruler and knife. Watch this YouTube Video for tips on how to start yours; remember your old smartphone will need to have a gyrometer to function as a VR device.

TV Remote

If you’re someone who is always losing the TV remote then this one for you! If you are also the type of person who’s forever looking for their phone, this probably won’t help very much!

Companies like Virgin Media, BT and Sky all have apps which enable the boxes to work in different rooms. These often contain a remote function enabling you to switch channels from your phone or tablet.

The only downside is they only control the box, so you’d still have to get up and turn the TV off at the end of the night.

Recycling Your Gadgets

If these options all feel like too much effort you can just recycle your old phones or tablets with Cash In Your Gadgets.

 

26 June
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8 Million Pound Compliance Fees to Boost Recycling

Recycling Computers

Great news, it has been announced around 8 million pounds of compliance fees will be given to the E-waste recycling industry over the next 3 years. These are from the Waste Electrical and Electronic Directive; they will be used to fund projects which increase recycling and reuse.

A much-needed Investment

Back in 2015, this fund generated just 45 thousand pounds to be used in technical research projects. The 8 million pounds which have been raised will be divided up; 1 million pounds of this is set aside for research and 3 million is for encouraging behavioural change. Finally, 4 million pounds has been segmented for local projects which aim to boost both re-use and recycling.

The Future

Due to the growth in this fund, it’s thought that this will have a dramatic impact on the way both the UK WEEE operates and functions. It will also help to change attitudes locally and nationally to recycling electricals in the correct way.

With no urgency to spend the money quickly, the focus will be on ensuring that it has the most impact.

Tackling E-Waste

Although recycling of electrical goods is on the rise here in the UK. Globally more than 44 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated in 2016. Only 20% of this was recorded as being recycled and could have been worth around $55 billion.

E-waste is something that will continue to grow if consumers aren’t aware of both the damage they cause the environment and the money they could make.

With cash to be earnt by recycling properly, it’s a surprise so many gadgets end up in the bin or general waste! If you’d like to see how much yours could be worth visit www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk

15 June
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Renewable Energy to Produce Gadgets

Samsung Renewable Energy

Could renewable energy become something we commonly see in the production of mobile phones?

The mobile giant Samsung announced this week they will be using 100% renewable energy in the future for all its factories based in EU, USA and China. In their promise, they also stated they will use renewable energy in their offices based in the same countries.

Last But Not Least

Unfortunately, this may seem like an incredible feat for Greenpeace and those who value ethics in a company; however, many tech companies are already switching to renewable energy sources. So for some, it may seem like they are a little delayed; however, with such a large company, it’s no surprise as changes on this scale take time to plan.

On the surface any step in the direction of renewable energy is a good one; Samsung is starting at home, with their own manufacturing and offices. Unfortunately, parts of their businesses are based outside of these countries. This means although they will be 100% using renewable energy, their products won’t be.

The Future of Renewable Energy

It’s not all doom and gloom though; Samsung is the first electronics manufacturer in Asia to set a renewable energy target. It’s thought that with the encouragement of brands like Samsung, other companies will also take this responsibility on board.

This isn’t something that will happen overnight either; Samsungs renewable energy targets are set to be reached by 2020. It’s thought if companies like Samsung and smaller manufacturers begin making this change; others will begin to follow suit, or risk being replaced by those who do.

Helping Others

Fortunately for those working with Samsung as a supplier; its aim is to identify the energy needs of its top 100 key suppliers and help them towards the same targets. This is going to be a multi-layer project, but it could mean by 2020 phones are even less harmful to the environment.

It’s a lot to commit to in a relatively short period of time; we’re really pleased to see at least part of the electronics and gadget industry making big steps towards a greener future. Although we may never get away from our phones using resources and harmful chemicals; if we continue to recycle mobile phones and laptops in the right way, coupled with renewable energy, we’re on the right track.

For those who want to make a personal step towards a greener future; be sure to recycle your phones and gadgets at Cash In Your Gadgets; you never know, you could have enough for a summer holiday in old gadgets at home!