Posts Tagged ‘Mobile’

Tired of replacing an entire phone every couple of years just because one or two elements of the phone had died or were outdated, Dutch designer Dave Hakkens created Phonebloks.

A concept phone made of modular blocks for each component — the screen, battery, antennae, processor, storage, etc. — Phonebloks allows for easy replacement of individual parts with the goal of minimizing electronic waste.


The modular system means that updating your mobile phone means only changing the components that are outdated.

Phoneblok - Modular - ModularPhoneblok - Front 

In theory, the parts can also be customised to fit individual users’ needs. For example, if you do everything using cloud-based services, you can swap out your storage block for a larger battery block. Or if you want your phone to focus on photography, then just upgrade the camera.

When I first started writing this post about a month ago, Phonebloks was a great idea but probably a long way off, if it ever happened. Then a couple of days ago Motorola announced a new hardware platform called Project Ara. Motorola will build an endoskeleton that holds the different components together and third party developers can make the modules that can attach to it.

Motorla - Project Ara modules

Motorola have been developing this in house for over a year and now are working with Dave Hakkens, the Phonebloks creator, though he is still pursuing funding for Phonebloks to keep it as an independent approach:

Google bought Motorola over two years ago, and you can see their fingerprints all over this kind of ‘disruptive’ project. It’s beginning to look like their vision for Motorola is to make the sort of changes in mobile phone hardware that Andriod has in software.

Whatever happens, it’s great to see a clever idea that could make a real difference both to the way use phones and also have a positive environmental impact come to fruition. It’s a bit of a way off from market, but the fact it’s come this far already is cool.

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Geoloqi is a private, real-time mobile and web platform for securely sharing location data, with features such as Geonotes, proximal notification, and sharing real-time GPS maps with friends.’

Um wat? As geographically-specific apps are becoming more and more common, programmes like Geoloqi, which allow developers to add location data to their apps, will help create web and phone services that respond in a more adaptive way to your daily routine. For example…

  • Leave yourself a note which you’ll get next time you’re at the grocery store
  • Get an SMS when you’re nearby apartments that match your Craigslist search criteria
  • Automatically check in to your favorite places on Foursquare if you’re there more than 10 minutes
  • Automatically send your carpool buddies an SMS when you’re half a mile from the pickup spot
  • Automatically send your boss an email if you’re not at work at 9am, saying exactly how late you’ll be, based on your current location
  • Turn on lights when you get home, turn them off when you leave.
  • For developers: Trigger a callback URL when you enter or leave a specific location

All very cool, but for some real secret agent action you want the Reverse Geocache Briefcase. Rather than having a combination, the lock only opens when it senses, by GPS, that you are in the right location:


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