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Phonebloks and Motorola Team Up to Save the World From Disposable Gadgets
Posted on Oct 29, 2013
If today’s smartphones are super-powerful computers that cost $700, why do we throw them out every time they break a nail?
Dave Hakkens launched a social movement called Phonebloks by posting a video that, in less than two months, is on its way to 17 million views on YouTube.
Right now all cellphones, and most gadgets, are made by permanently wedding many tiny components into one seamless package. The upside is you get a razor-thin phone capable of incredible performance. The downside is when something goes wrong with one of those components, you’re forced to chuck the whole device. Consumers also have to trade in their gizmos because one or two elements is out of date. Your phone’s processor, for instance, might become too slow, but the RAM and other components are still good.
The idea of Phonebloks is to build a phone you can keep forever, by making it modular, open and compatible with interchangeable components.
The Verge explains how this will work:
Below you can watch the original Phonebloks video, followed by the collaboration announcement.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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