Whoever said nothing good comes from old, dead cellphones certainly hasn’t seen thisĀ $100,000 Kickstarter campaign.

Rainforest Connection

Apparently, somewhere deep in the rainforests, the environmental/animal protection group, Rainforest Connection is taking old cellphones and doing good.

Rainforest Connection is partnering with the Zoological Society of London to help stop illegal logging and poaching. The device attaches to a tree or jungle stand, and allows anyone in the world to listen in and detect illegal activity in the rainforest.


The group’s first major project with the Zoological Society of London will be installing 30 recycled Android listening devices in the jungles of Cameroon. You can read a good summary of the project here.

This is a neat little project that lets you get involved with doing good for the world.

Rainforest Connection RFCx how it works

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Brian Urban · July 15, 2014 at 7:09 am

Heard a similar (or same) story on NPR this morning. It’s a good idea with one major flaw. Cell phones don’t work without a cell infrastructure in place. In other words, no cell towers, no service, and thus, no notification.

    Jeffrey Taylor · July 15, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I thought the same thing. Apparently, the group’s figured out the issue, at least their graphic “proves” they can.

Brian Urban · July 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm

They could use a satphone but I doubt there are many of those laying around as surplus. As far as “proof”: where was the demo run? I’ll bet it was in a location where cell service is available. How many cell sites in the deep Amazon jungles?

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