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Published on September 16th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás


Phonebloks: the New Phone that Wants to Save the World

September 16th, 2013 by  


Each year, millions of consumer electronics are thrown away. They end up in landfills, floating in the ocean, or occasionally recycled. Too occasionally, and the phones themselves are often mostly functional, thrown away because one component (be it the camera, the battery, the screen, etc.) has failed. The phone that gets thrown away might even still work as a phone! Dave Hakkens, of the clever YouTube Dave Movies series, doesn’t think those phones need throwing away, and he has an idea for a phone that’s customizable, rebuild-able, upgradable, and — I think! — great looking. He calls his new phone concept “Phonebloks,” and it’s brilliant.

The Phonebloks concept makes each section of a phone modular, so there are battery squares, Bluetooth squares, etc. that can be arranged and re-arranged to the customers’ preferences. Here are a few examples of what that kind of customizability looks like …

… the best part is that, if the camera breaks or you decide you want to upgrade the processor, you don’t throw away the phone and buy a new one made from rare-Earth metals and petroleum-based plastics. You just buy the new parts and pop them on.

I’m not sure if tech companies will line up to brand components, as the Phonebloks video suggests they might, but I love the idea. If Phonebloks ever decides to launch a Kickstarter for its Lego phone, I’ll be in line … especially if there’s a pee-powered fuel cell option. Check out Dave’s full “pitch” video, below, and let us know what you think about Phonebloks in the comments. Enjoy!

Source | Photos: Dave Hakkens’ Dave Movies 

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I've been involved in motorsports and tuning since 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the Important Media network. You can find me on Twitter, Skype (jo.borras) or Google+.

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