A Cell Phone that Will Last Forever

The idea behind Phonebloks

Oct 1, 2013

Image from Phonebloks video

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it right? When it comes to cell phones, the beloved adage does not ring true - most folks upgrade their phones more than once every two years. But why? Some people are looking for the most up-to-date technology, while others discover that instead of fixing a broken part, it’s easier and cheaper to buy a whole new phone. This amounts to a significant number of discarded cell phones - over 150 million in 2010 in the United States alone.
Dave Hakens has come up with a brilliant concept that might just revolutionize the way electronics are made, starting with cell phones. Phonebloks would be a customized cell phone made up of easily detachable blocks, allowing the user to build their own phone depending on individual needs. Parts would be supplied from a wide range for brands, giving the buyer the choice to construct the cell phone of their dreams. For example, some might want a larger, easy-to-read screen while camera buffs might opt for a premium lens.  
At this point Hakens isn’t seeking out funding for Phonebloks, but rather gauging demand and interest in his ingenious idea. He’s teamed up with Thunderclap, a crowdspeaking platform that allows a singular cause or message to be shared in mass, flash mob-style via social media. Phonebloks’ message will be blasted out on October 29th with the hopes of reaching a large audience, including designers and engineers, who will jump on board to create the very first sustainable cell phone.  

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