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Make your home smoke detector clever with an old smartphone, for free

Make your home smoke detector clever with an old smartphone, for free

A trade-up program where you can exchange your current phone for a new one is a great way to get rid of a device you no longer need. But if your phone is too damaged to trade in or sell, then recycling it is your best bet because reusing the parts saves energy and resources. Apple even created an iPhone recycling robot, named Liam, to help the company recycle the old parts of old iPhones.

There's also another option that you've probably never heard of. Instead, you can put that old phone to good use by downloading an app that will help keep your house safe.

If you're not home, then how do you know your home isn't on fire at this very moment? The smoke alarm goes off, and a notification is sent to your current phone. Cleverloop Smokey is an app you can use to monitor your smoke detectors; if a smoke alarms sounds then you will be sent a notification. The free app was released earlier this month and is available for Apple and Android.

Here's how it works:

  • Download the app to an old phone that you can leave at home all day. Just make sure it's connected to a power source.
  • The app enables your phone's microphone to recognize the sound of a smoke alarm going off.
  • When it recognizes the sound of a smoke alarm going off, you will be sent an email notification within five seconds.

Although the app is always on, it isn't constantly listening or spying on you. It analyzes noises but "forgets"  sounds after the notification is sent. It doesn't save or record anything so what happens in your home stays private.

By the way, when is the last time you got a new smoke detector? Even with changing the batteries, the sensors in the device only last about eight to 10 years. If it's time to replace yours, take a look at the 3-in-1 Smoke & Fire + Carbon Monoxide Smart Alarm. It's on sale right now in the Komando store for $39.99. Don't wait to buy; you won't know if your current detector is defective until it's too late. Click here to purchase.

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