BEACON TRANSCRIPT – PuzzlePhone starts a crowd funding campaign in order to be able to begin manufacturing what would be, if they are successful, the first modular smartphone available. The company, which is based in Finland, has set up and Indiegogo page in order to help crowd-fund the money they need to start work on producing and shipping their product.
It was thought that modular phones, although a popular trend, were still a long way away from a functional prototype that could warrant mass production. But unlike Google’s approach to modular phones, project Ara, which hasn’t yet managed to develop the technology needed to produce the phone, PuzzlePhone is based on a simpler concept that might just work.
While Google wants to produce a phone that is built of individual, interchangeable parts, the PuzzlePhone contains only three modules, each containing a different category of components.
The first module, the brain, contains the electronic components such as the CPU, GPU and RAM as well as the phone’s internal storage. This module is most likely to be upgraded by users in the future, as new models may come along, according to the team designing the product. The second moduleis the spine and contains the display, the speakers and the microphone while the third module, the heart, contains the phone’s battery.
Unlike Google’s Ara project, PuzzlePhone doesn’t manage to completely solve the waste problem completely, since the user will still have to dispose of several functional components when they want to install a new module.
Although the PuzzlePhone doesn’t entirely eliminate the waste issue, it’s definitely a step in that direction. The producing team’s mission statement defines their mission as one to end the wasteful trend of consumable electronics, which either become inoperable or obsolete after roughly two years of use.
The team is also set on producing a phone that can be used for many years, with a timeless and functional design. The concern for waste is the reason for which modular smartphones seem to be a good idea in the first place so, although PuzzlePhone can’t completely resolve it, the product still offers an appealing option of only updating your device with a better “brain” rather than buying a new one altogether.
The first edition of the PuzzePhone to be manufactured will be delivered to the people helping fund the team’s campaign as soon as September 2016, with the basic version of the product costing $333 and having an internal memory of 16 GB. The Indiegogo campaign that the team started has set its goal at $250.000 which is not a difficult amount to reach considering the excitement already surrounding their product.
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