To some of you tech enthusiasts you may have heard of or know about a modular phone designed by a dutch designer, Dave Hakkens. To some of you who are uninitiated though you may be asking the obvious question; what is Phonebloks. The idea behind Phonebloks is to cut down electronic waste that keeps on piling up as we consume more and more technology.
The main contributor of the electronic waste according to this designer is our phones, or more relevantly now smartphones. Other than being a true worry, it is also know that flagship smartphones are designed to have a lifespan or a shelf-life of about up to five years maximum including its software supports and updates. That is if you take a good care of your smartphone and if your hardware doesn’t fail on you. The common trend; change your phone every two to three years especially when it’s broken, malfuctioning, or outdated. some even goes to extremes of changing their smartphones every year or so.
Enter Phonebloks by Dave Hakkens. All you need is a ‘base’ that’s loaded with a motherload of circuits to make it work, some electronic modules of components that you commonly find on a smartphone, and assemble them to make your own smartphone. Simple, smart, personalised right? We at techENT think it is.
But in the real world it’s not so simple to implement. In the video above introducing the Phonebloks concept they talked about different manufacturers coming together to create different modules they can specialise in making and sell only those modules to consumers. That sounds like a great idea for us consumers but not for the manufacturers. Fortunately though there were enough consumer support for the concept and a few tech giants that actually took the project seriously including Google, XiaoMi, ZTE. They also found a new partner, Sennheiser, a German company specialising in designing and manufacturing audio devices which should be building their audio modules; no doubt they will sound great.
Will it succeed? We cannot tell you for sure but we sure hope it does for our sake. Do watch this space for more updates on Phonebloks.