Make brings to attention the work of Topher White, who has turned old mobile phones into a rainforest monitoring system. Using solar power to keep them charged and "dirt-cheap mobile plans available overseas," the cellphones can detect the presence of chainsaws and send alerts. He is currently seeking financial support on Kickstarter to build more of the devices to deploy in the Amazon forest.
Rainforest Connection (RFCx) transforms recycled smartphones into autonomous, solar-powered listening devices that can detect and pinpoint signs of environmental destruction activity—such as chainsaws, gunshots and animal distress calls—at great distance.
Current detection systems rely on satellites which show rainforest destruction days or weeks too late. Our system provides the world's first real-time logging/poaching detection system. We can pinpoint deforestation activity the moment it begins, while simultaneously streaming the data openly and immediately to anyone around the world.
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