Phonebloks - the Modular Smartphone Utopia
9/11/2013 by: Denis Jelec
Designer Dave Hakkens decided to present his modular smartphone idea in a well thought out video, reaching millions of people overnight. Is having an idea enough? There were some tryouts with various electronic parts and modular devices in the past - Microsoft even holds a patent for their own vision of the modular smartphone (with interior having an extra high capacity battery, a game controler/GPU, physical keyboard, etc.). Nevertheless, this project is different - it actually turned viral.
Even if the attention span doesn't hold well (throughout the campaign or even after it ends), idea seems to be solidly refined for something that is merely a concept - an idea - at this point. An entire modular parts store has been imagined to fit the needs of practically everyone:
If nothing else, it is gratifying to imagine this of becoming a reality.
In order to get the attention of entrepreneurs, designers, CEOs, developers, investors and researchers, Hakkens believes a Thunderclap campaign to be the best option
While it could take nothing short of a miracle to turn this project into something real, it is hard not to support the brilliant idea of having something like the Phonebloks, which truly reminds of a small-scale PC building. It would be an incredibly strenuous task to keep the pricing relatively low and the imagined modularity/options are something manufacturers aren’t exactly fond of. Nowadays, just as the video suggests, manufacturers will be more than glad to sell you the newest $599 device every other year instead. And that’s just a drop in the water of potential/real problems. On the other hand, disposability of some sort could actually drive the sales – though “disposability” isn’t exactly behind the whole concept here.
concept, idea, smartphone, modular smartphone, mobile phone, electronic components, dave hakkens, phonebloks, lego
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