The concept of a modular device seems to be all the rage at the moment with projects like Phonebloks, Project Ara and Vsenn emerging from the woodwork. Now, there is another company which is looking to get into the business of the modular device – Puzzlephone.
Puzzlephone is a company that comes from Nokia’s homeland of Finland with one objective – to create a new, open standard for modular devices. This comes in the form of the Puzzlephone. The company behind, Circular Devices, the PuzzlePhone was founded in September this year but they have been hard at work developing the device since 2013. The device is now in its prototyping phase.
The Puzzlephone is a simpler iteration of the modular concept being explored by Google with Project Ara. The device is essentially divided into three modules – the spine, which holds the LCD, speakers and basic structure; the heart which houses the batter and secondary electronics; and the brain which houses the processor, RAM and camera modules. The PuzzlePhone is geared to be a mid-ranger running a forked version of Google’s Android operating system in the beginning with plans to support alternative platforms later on.The Puzzlephone is slated for an early 2015 release provided the company can get funding to begin the production of the device.
It’s refreshing to see that the industry is moving towards a direction in which the consumer doesn’t need to fork out a substantial amount of hard earned cash just to keep up with technology. However, with Vsenn and Project Ara in the fray, it still remains to be seen whether everyday consumers will take to the idea of having a device which evolves with them.
What do you think? Are you interested in having a device like the PuzzlePhone, Project Ara or the Vsenn? Let us know in the comments!
Source: Puzzlephone via The Verge