Several weeks ago, Dave Hakkens announced an idea for a phone that comes apart like Lego’s. He calls it Phonebloks, and it will revolutionize the way we currently treat our cell phones when they are no longer usable.
Cell phones become obsolete so quickly nowadays. As soon as we have an issue with a particular feature, we toss it in the garbage and get a new one. Because it’s made with detachable parts, Phonebloks will allow users to simply replace the malfunctioning piece of hardware. Customers will be able to shop at the Blokstore and purchase the individual parts they need.
Suppose you like to take a lot of pictures. You can choose which camera “blok” you want, even narrow down the brand or manufacturer. Other individual bloks include wifi, battery, bluetooth, storage, antenna, speed, audiojack, and gyroscope, among others. You can even sell your old bloks instead of throwing them away when you’re ready for an upgrade.
A pegboard-style base holds the phone together and the screen is also replaceable. The Dutch designer explained, in so many words, that he came up with the idea because it seemed wasteful to throw away a phone that still had many good components.
Phonebloks is still in the early stages of design, but Hakkens is using Thunderclap to spread the word about its development. Thunderclap is a platform that uses social media such as Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook to send one message to thousands, even millions, of people.
So far, over 80,000 people have signed up for Phonebloks, and Hakkens hopes to soon reach his goal of 100,000.
Thanks to sayamindu for the photo of Lego blocks.