What do you usually do with your old phone when you get a new one? Probably just sell it away, give it to your younger brother or keep it somewhere in under your bed. Have yor ever thought of other ways to use your old smart phone? Project phonvert is a non profit and open project that tried to find new ways to “phonvert” retired smartphones, which is designed by Tomo Kihara, Keisuke Shiro, Kosuke Takahashi, Toshinari Takahashi, Nagomu Sugimoto and nominated by Design Museum as the design of year 2016.

It must be familiar for all the Iphone’s users, as Apple launches new version of Iphone regular every year. The motivation of Project phonvert is that they think every 2 year we buy new smartphones and leave the old one in our closets. IDC estimated that more than 280 million working smartphones were replaced without being recycled last year.

Phonvert suggested that old phone can be converted into anti-burglury and baby alert, making life more convenience and at a same time giving new role to smart phone. The project allows collaboration that people from all over the world can share their ideas of phonvert on their website or twitter.


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(Photo via video of Phonvert)


The whole idea is a sustainable project that effective to tackle the problem of e-waste, so as getting people interact is always the best way to promote the ideas.

Thoughtout the project Phonvert, I realized that the future design discipline would be about how sustainable we can be, and in which way target users can be involved in the project rather than just providing them a solution. And this is a good example of media media convergence that old technology or digital device still have their values and run in different role.

See more at:
Design Museum. (2017). Beazley Designs of the Year. [online] Available at: https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/beazley-designs-of-the-year#sthash.GXtQCJei.dpuf [Accessed 16 Feb. 2017].