DIY cellphone might be the future
Do you find it interesting at how things have changed over the years? First we have the industrial revolution, where machine comes to the aid of men – not to mention it being able to make life a whole lot more efficient. Machines, however, were big and bulky originally, but over the years, engineering advancements and sound design principles were put in place, resulting in far more aesthetically pleasing machines that we see in the market these days. The same goes for devices as well, such as smartphones and tablets that do make considerable progress in the name of design advancement without sacrificing on practicality.
Well, if you are rather sick and tired of keeping up in the rat race of gadgets and gizmos, here is some food for thought. Have you ever wondered just how it would be like if you never have to keep up with the latest phone models any more? Right now, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the hottest Android smartphone on the market, although Foxconn claims that the next generation iPhone is going to blow the Galaxy S3 right out of the water. I wonder just how true that its, but it is besides the point. You might want to make a regressive step, so to speak, with this DIY cellphone kit.
A research team over at MIT has come up with open-source designs for the phone’s circuit board and case, where it is hoped to encourage a proliferation of personalized and diverse mobile phones in the market. We are not talking about a modern day smartphone, but rather, a basic communications device. After all, this DIY cellphone kit is freed from the constraints of mass production, allowing whoever picks it up to be able to explore diverse materials, shapes, and functions.
The original prototype will merge a custom electronic circuit board with a laser-cut plywood and veneer enclosure. It will not play nice with CDMA networks though, as the phone will only be able to accept a standard SIM card and will work with just about any GSM provider. Cellular connectivity will be offered via the SM5100B GSM Module, where it is available from SparkFun Electronics. The display is nothing much to shout about, where it is a mere 1.8″ color TFT display at 160 × 128 pixels, while there are also flexures in the veneer that pave the way for one to press the buttons below. At this point in time, the software will be able to support voice calls, although there is a chance of seeing SMS and other functionalities thrown into the mix later on.