The problem that we face these days is that a phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. Although it’s often just one part that killed it, we throw everything away because it’s almost impossible to repair or upgrade.
To counter this problem, Dutch Designer, Dave Hakkens has come up with an innovative new smartphone concept which he calls PhoneBloks. Phoneblok is made of detachable bloks. The bloks are connected to the 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.
According to Hakkens, this ‘LEGO-like’ phone will allow users to customize and assemble a phone to cater for their individual needs, as well as reduce wastage from discarding old phones. Each of the components of the smartphone, i.e Battery, Camera, Processor, Memory, Bluetooth, WIFI etc are all made into separate removable blocks. Hence, to make any configuration for your smartphone, you can buy the blocks of your choice and build your customized smartphone.
Phonebloks would rely heavily on brands like Nikon, Sharp and Intel to develop camera, screen and CPU blocks for its phone project to be a success, and the smartest (and possibly only) way to get the attention of these companies is through consumer interest. The project’s founders have launched a campaign through Thunderclap, a crowd-speaking service that gathers voices rather than money.
According to the Phonebloks project site, “Raising money [with a crowdfunding site] wouldn’t bring it further, setting up this platform is too big for one company. We need to gather partners to work together with us.”
As of now, Phonebloks sits at 103% satisfaction (over 677,000 supporters) of its Thunderclap goal, still 40 days away from the end of its campaign. Some, however, doubt that this pledged support will translate into an actual product.