July 1, 2014

Catch that Logger!

What if upcycled Android smartphones could be turned into devices that could catch illegal loggers cutting down trees in the rainforest? As it turns out, they actually can! According to, San Francisco-based Rainforest Connection and the Zoological Society of London have partnered to make this happen!

The idea behind this sounds straight out of a piece of science fiction. Essentially, the plan is to “turn old Android smartphones into solar-powered listening stations that can detect the noise of chainsaws in real-time and then send an alert to local agencies so they can mobilize and catch loggers in the act,” reports.

These upcycled smartphones would basically solve two problems with one very clever stone: a use for e-waste and the prevention of illegal logging of the rainforest.

Rainforest Connection is using Kickstarter to fund the project. “If it gets funded, the plan is to initially deploy devices that are capable of protecting 200 to 300 kilometres of forest in the canopy of rainforests in Africa and Brazil this year,” Lomas of TechCrunch states.  


We hope the Rainforest Connection and  Zoological Society of London can get this amazing project up and running. Let’s give them a hand by spreading their story to friends, family, and social media followers! Just click the social media icons below to share!


Want to help further? Check out their Kickstarter page for more information on how you can contribute to their cause.