Samsung Turned 40 S5s Into A Bitcoin Mining Operation
Got 40 Samsung Galaxy S5s lying around? If so, then you could try doing what Samsung did and hook them all together to build a Bitcoin mining machine that’s more efficient than a desktop PC. Of course, in addition to 39 other smartphones from 2014, you’ll also need Samsung’s special operating system which the company hasn’t released yet. Obviously, we don’t expect anyone aside from Samsung to do this. To be honest, we doubt there are 40 S5’s within our city block, but the concept behind the machine is interesting.
Led by the company’s C-Lab, a team focused on creative projects, Samsung is hoping to show users that their old smartphones can be put to a better use than being discarded in some drawer. The company plans to release its software as well as plans for its various projects online so anyone can find a new purpose for their old phones.
“This innovative platform provides an environmentally responsible way for old Galaxy mobile devices to breathe new life, providing new possibilities and potential extended value for devices that might otherwise be forgotten in desk drawers or discarded,” said a Samsung spokesperson.”
As of right now, the project consists of Github page with a video offering an explanation of what the company hopes to accomplish. Eventually, the company will allow users to download the software that removes the Android OS from the phones. This will give users the opportunity to replace it with a new, less taxing, OS and allow you to do new things with your old phones.
We don’t know how popular this program will actually be. Our best guess is that it will be little more than a neat project for tech enthusiasts, but we have to applaud the idea behind the concept. With smartphones seemingly becoming outdated within two years, it’s nice to see a company trying to find ways to recycle old tech.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.