Phonvert is a Japan-based initiative that bids to use the sensors in retired smartphones to create Internet of Things functionality.
All you have to do is install Phonvert into your old smartphone, and you can convert it into a refrigerator or door camera, baby monitor or anything else that requires a camera, accelerometer, touch screen or Bluetooth.
Now that smartphones have been around for a good few years, most people have old smartphones lying around that they are unlikely to ever use again. In other words, there are countless smartphones out there that are being wasted. The Phonvert project can help reverse this issue by making old smartphones valuable again, by making it possible to use them for futuristic Internet of Things applications. In this way, this initiative kills two birds with one stone by re-using old phones and maximizing Internet of Things potential.