Phonebloks: A Truly Customizable Phone
What if suddenly you didn’t care about the latest trends in smartphones? What if the phone in your pocket was always the best phone ever: customized to your needs, always tricked out with the latest in hardware and software upgrades? And what if putting your dream phone together was as easy as playing with Legos?
Stop drooling. The introductory YouTube video didn’t say anything about the phone being drool-proof.
In an effort to reduce waste, someone designed a phone that could withstand changing trends, upgrades and priorities among customers as well as general hardware wear-and-tear. Someone designed a phone you, theoretically, wouldn’t want to throw away, “a phone worth keeping.”
That someone is Dutch designer Dave Hakkens and Phonebloks is smartphone that is made up of removable Lego-like blocks, according to Business Insider. Each block is a different phone feature, that snaps together with other blocks to make a phone. There’s a block for battery life, one for a mobile camera, and so on.
According to Hakkens’ YouTube video and designs, you simply pick out your blocks and snap them together onto a rectangular grid and there you have it, your very own personalized smartphone, “one worth keeping” as Hakkens says in the video.
Phonebloks is just an idea for now. But it is an idea with quite a bit of support. Since Hakkens’ introductory video about his phone uploaded on Tuesday, the video has already received over 5 million views and via a website called Thunderclap, the Dutch designer has already acquired over 200,000 supporters.
You can view Hakkens’ video about Phonebloks below:
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