The world of mobile phones is moving ahead at an arguably silly pace, with displays beyond 1080p on the horizon, super-fancy cameras, and multi-core processors. Gone are the days of simply calling and texting; we’re watching HD movies, shooting HD video, and multitasking like there’s no tomorrow.
As such, mobile phones are a shamefully fast-growing waste stream, and with that in mind, Phonebloks proposes a new take on the phone: rather than throw the old dog away, simply replace the outdated component with a new one. It's "a phone worth keeping".
The Phonebloks proposition would see phones comprised of a front display, a base panel in the middle, and a number of removable blocks on the rear.
Each individual block is a component, such as your processor, your battery, your storage, or your camera.
In theory, you could customise your phone in a number of ways, supporting your favourite manufacturers (you might fancy a Qualcomm or Intel processor), and allocating larger blocks to things that are more important to you like battery and storage.
It’s an interesting idea no doubt, but we’re not sure how practical it’d be in reality, and of course it’d require a heck of a lot of support from manufacturers of each of the individual components.
Intrigued? You can read more about the concept at www.phonebloks.com.