Phoneblocks concept allows you to upgrade individual smartphone components, similar to upgrading a desktop


What if you could upgrade your smartphone without outright purchasing a new one? Such a system would allow smartphone users to save well needed cash, along with having the option to choose the kind of features they want, opposed to what manufacturers believe is right for consumers. This could become a possibility with Phoneblocks, but only if it gets the support it deserves.

Phoneblocks allows the user to upgrade easily by giving the option to replace parts of the phone with another. These parts are called “blocks,” similar to what you’ll find in a Lego kit. If you want to upgrade the speed of your smartphone, just replace the block that has to do with the processor. The same applies to the display component, battery, camera, and all most everything else.

Dissembling the phone requires the user to remove two screws from the bottom, unlike current phones where one has no other choice but to literally tear the device apart. Furthermore, the most important aspect of the Phoneblock’s design, is the circuit board behind the screen. It has a peg board-style design, this is where you’ll snap in your blocks to get the function you desire.

Come October 29, Phoneblock plans to raise awareness for the design with an enormous social media push. Let’s hope these guys get the support they need since it would only benefit us the consumer and our pockets.

[via Phoneblock]

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  • Seamus McSeamus

    [@Dave] My youngest son sent me a video for this the other day. I had watched almost the entire thing before I realized they were actually serious.

  • Dave

    This idea is completely impractical. A modular phone, in the way that they show it, is not practical with current technology.

    Do you know how many wires come out of a cell phone CPU? Certainly more than 4. Not sure how they plan to have the CPU connect to the rest of the phone with just four pins coming out of it.

    Also, even if they could solve that issue, there’s the issue of space efficiency. A phone designed in this manner would have a ton of wasted space, and would therefore either be severely under featured, or just massive.

    A better way to implement this would be to have custom built cell phones, not customizable modular ones. Let people specify what CPU, battery, screen, camera, storage, and let the manufacturer put it together. Much like how customized laptops are currently ordered. It would likely be a little bigger than a similarly spec’d normal one-configuration cell phone, but not anywhere near as much as this modular plan.