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http://phoneblocks.com/

 

Help spread the word: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/2931-phonebloks

"Everyday we throw away millions of electronic devices, because they get old and become worn out. But usually it's only one of the components that causes the problem. The rest of the device works fine but is needlessly thrown away. Simple because electronic devices are not designed to last. This makes electronic waste one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. And our phone is one of the biggest causes.

 

So this is a new kind of phone. It's made of blocks. Detachable blocks. They're all connected to the base, and the base connects everything together. Electrical signals are transferred through the pins, and two small screws lock everything in place. So if for instance your phone is getting a little slow, you could just upgrade the block that affects the speed. Or if something breaks you can easily replace it with a new one, or update it with the newest version.

 

Another great thing about this is, that you can customize your phone. So lets say this is your phone and you do everything in the cloud. Why not replace your storage block for a bigger battery block. If you are like this guy and love to take pictures, why not upgrade your camera? Or if you don't care about any of this stuff you can keep it simple a get a bigger speaker. You can choose the blocks you want, support the brands you like, or even develop your own blocks. Phonebloks is built on a open platform by companies working together to create the best phone in the world.

 

To set up this platform we need to get the right companies and the right people involved. The will only get started if there is a lot interest in a phone worth keeping.

So this is the plan.

To show them there is a interest for this phone we need your voice. You can donate your social reach on the website. We gather as much people as possible. On the 29th of October we send out the blast. All at the same time. Spreading all your voices, to show the world, there is a need for a phone worth keeping. The more people involved, the bigger the impact.

 

Please visit Phonebloks.com to raise your voice and spread the word.

 

Phonebloks, a phone worth keeping"

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Does this actually exist?

 

Edit: Appears not!

 

Zero prototype, zero technical research, zero actual progress. DOA.

 

It's lovely to have an idea, but ideas alone mean jack shit. If this guy thinks companies will come together to design around a non-existent platform with non-existent standards then he's completely delusional.

 

I'm all for a modular phone design, but I'm completely against people who make fancy videos and have nothing to show for it. You can't sell something that doesn't exist. If a modular device was this easy it would have been done. We need people working out the technical challenges, not pulling marketing hype out of their arses.

 

Actually, looks like a massive spam campaign to advertise the Thunderclap platform. GG.

Edited by .:Cyb3rGlitch:.

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I saw this on youtube last night, it's a great idea to reduce waste, but as cyber said, there is no technology that exists in the consumer space today that will allow a flat board with a bunch of holes to know what to do with the pegs of the individual 'bloks'. How does it differentiate between a processor peg and a battery peg? How do you fit the stupid amount of bandwidth into a couple pegs required for quadcore processors? How do you standardise memory controllers and storage controllers and all that to work with a universal system?

 

What happens when a stupid consumer puts a blok in the wrong way, bends a peg, or gets the holes so full of pocket fluff and lint that they can't make an electrical connection?

 

Each blok would also have to come with drivers on each individual piece, with an OS able to identify and work with new types of hardware.

 

Not counting the lack of ergonomics of the device, being a square-edged rectangle, it's one of those neat design ideas that lack grounding in reality. Certainly hasn't been run past an engineer.

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Certainly hasn't been run past an engineer.

Was probably designed by an arts student :P Edited by Electr0

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