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Phonebloks: Project Ara

Posted by Sam Weiss on 10/31/2013
A Phone worth Keeping Right now, e-waste is one of the leading wastes in our world. And our phones contribute the most to that. But with Dave Hakkens’ concept, the Phonebloks, our phones could last really long. To put it simply, Phonebloks are like legos put together which can also be separated. Most of the time with a regular phone, you have to dispose of it as a whole, but Phonebloks counter our regard of phones as being disposable, instead we can just remove/replace the part with the problem. With a long lasting and flexible goal for a handset, Hakken’s concept caught the attention of big companies and organizations into making it a reality. He names Nokia, Intel, Qualcomm, Sennheiser, Jolla, Ubuntu, Firefox, and ZTE that were interested, but only Motorola stood out. “They are very good at technical development, I’m not.” Hakkens said. The other attraction was Google’s “open way of thinking”. Motorola and Hakkens had a common cause, a phone which is modular, open-source, designed to last and made for the entire world. Motorola will soon be releasing module’s developers starting kit, so developers, companies, and start ups can begin making prototyping for Bloks. Usually, the company does not present new phones before they’re finished. Motorola on the other hand wants their production process out in the open and will be listening to suggestions and ideas of the Phonebloks community. The Phoneblok website numbers more than their actual target of supporters and will be a gathering place where ideas and financial aid can be shared. Phonebloks aims to reduce wastes and keep phones long lasting. It is designed to have detachable bloks (including the screen) which are connected to a base which locks everything together into a solid phone. If a blok breaks, you can easily replace it, if it’s getting old just upgrade. It’s like an app store for hardware; you buy Bloks, read reviews or sell old ones. Small and big companies may develop and sell their own bloks. You can also manipulate the size to create new devices like tablets, cameras etc. You can buy a pre-assembled phone or assemble it yourself by selecting the brands you want to support. It’s an exciting and much awaited phone; it seems easy enough to maneuver. For upgrades, it’s all up to our decision and preference completely. It is Environmental and practical. Let’s just hope the concept is just as awesome as the one to come out. Sources: https://phonebloks.com/ http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/29/5041682/motorola-project-ara-phonebloks-modular-phone http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/29/motorola-project-ara-modular-smartphone/

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