Lately a new modular mobile phone concept has been the big buzz in the tech world. This concept is called Phonebloks, which was contrived by an independent designer from the Netherlands named Dave Hakkens.
Phonebloks is envisioned to be a modular smartphone made up of interchangeable blocks that are easily upgraded or restored if broken. Users can simply design and assemble their phones according to their needs and wants and leave out the components that they do not desire. Furthermore, the device can be upgraded using bits, one at a time. Though it’s an innovative and somewhat convenient idea, the appearance of the Phoneblok will certainly not be appealing, which is a major market setback for the project.
The basics behind Phonebloks are solid. The project is maker-inspired and will entice Do-It-Yourselfers. Consumers will be able to purchase pre-made phones or construct their own, blok by blok, using components from the Blokstore. Both large and small hardware makers will be able to sell components ranging from processors and internal storage to cameras and speakers. It’s analogous to an app store, but it involves more interaction between the consumer and the mobile device.
Phonebloks is established around a single pegboard. To add components, users have to puzzle together the bloks on the back. The modular display is situated on the front and it is easily exchangeable. Once all the components are positioned, two screws are locked to keep them in place. However, critics have said that the bloks are more prone to falling out using this method, though some have suggested the addition of a case.
Cases may be the vital component for Phonebloks. Phones nowadays are fashion statements and status symbols. But with the incorporation of a case on the back of a Phoneblok phone, it generally will not matter what the exact model of the phone is.
Phonebloks is ideal for people in low-income communities or developing nations, especially with the continuous and prevalent release of the Samsung’s Galaxy series or Apple’s iPhone series. The thought of eliminating a smartphone after a year or two because it broke or is outdated is wasteful and absurd. With the Phonebloks, however, those outdated or broken pieces can be substituted with updated ones and the phone can still be used.
Currently, Phonebloks is still in the theoretical stage. Hakkens is trying to convene the public’s attention before working with companies to actually manufacture the phone. Inferring from his Phoneblok Thunderclap campaign, where people can donate their social media sustenance, the public is thrilled. The campaign has lapped its goal twice, at one point crashing the website, and is now approaching 10 million in number.