In this day and age, smartphones are discarded while their full potential still remains untapped. Thanks to a number of fresh development tools that has encouraged the design of processor-intensive apps, electronic waste has increased as a consequence. Remember building blocks being part of your first toys in your childhood? The very idea of being able to take one’s gadgets down to studs and rebuilding as one pleases is interesting. It seems like the building blocks concept is actually in the works as Dutch Designer, Dave Hakkens reveals a fresh smartphone innovation in PhoneBloks. Will it work, that’s the question.
As the name suggests, PhoneBloks comprise a number of blocks that can be detached and share one base. The main appealing factor is the ability to custom build the smartphone as per one’s needs. Since each individual component is represented by a separate detachable block, a variety of upgrade options will be available to all and sundry. Users simply buy the block of their wish and practically build the phone of their choice. It’s upto you what kind of camera, processor, memory, battery you want built in your smartphone. Understandably, that may reduce electronic waste as upgrade cycles may lengthen.
Speaking of upgradation, what do you need to do if you want a better processor or RAM? That’s right, simply buy a new block and you are good to go. That’s not all; repairing PhoneBloks is also relatively less hassle. Hakkens sees “Block Store” as the exclusive repair shop for such smartphones. Imagine what a step up this is, considering your traditional smartphone is pretty much done for in case a vital component breaks down. As a result, the benefits within the blocks are limitless.
It is important to note that PhoneBloks is still fairly a fresh concept. Hakkens is still seeking support of people before companies can be convinced to translate the concept into something substantial. If you are in support, you may head over to the website and register your interest in the future of PhoneBloks.