A Phone You Can Constantly Upgrade? Now There’s A Great Idea
If you happened to be on the Internet at all yesterday, you most probably saw someone posting about a new concept that could revolutionise the way smartphones around the world work. Trending across nearly every social media portal last night was the concept video of Phonebloks, a new idea that could see you holding onto the same phone for a very long time.
Sounds odd already right? Most of the time we end up upgrading phones well within two years or so, with contracts allowing users to get upgrades quote regularly. Problem is, this is creating a massive pile of electronic waste, and being humans we aren’t exactly too concerned as to where our unwanted electronic waste is dumped. The worst part is that there are consumers and companies that actually encourage annual smartphone turnovers, which inflates this issue exponentially.
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This new concept from Designer Dave Hakkens aims to fix this problem while introducing an idea that could very well revolutionise the industry altogether. Phonebloks is an idea that your smartphone will no longer be a single, built device. With Phonebloks you’ll be able to literally pick your phone apart piece-by-piece, allowing you to fully customise your handset to your needs with components from various different manufacturer. Imagine for a moment that you don’t care about what speakers your phone has. Trade them out for smaller, cheaper ones and use the space and money saved to invest in a bigger camera, or faster processor. You’ve now just upgraded a component of your phone that directly interests you, at a fraction of the cost.
An idea like this is likely not to sit well with major corporations such as Apple and Samsung, as the prospect of less handheld sales won’t exactly thrill shareholders. Thing is, it only really takes one big company to support idea like this, as other will then be forced to follow suit to simply compete. In fact, I’d love to see someone like Samsun or HTC take up this idea and change the way smartphones work, with companies now competing to see who can build the best modular components.
Phonebloks doesn’t have a Kickstarter behind it, but it does have the social equivalent backing it up. Named ThunderClap, the system collect social support via Twitter and Facebook and sends it all out in one blast on a specific date. If this idea interests you, I implore you to go and add your support, so that at the end of October this idea can be heard around the world.
It won’t cost you a thing, so why not?