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I'd love to post this in news but I don't think a website on its own is a news story.

This is what has been missing in the phone industry.



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My God I want this so bad.
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Basically this is never going to happen. At least not in any way/shape/form that is recognizable to the design shown in the video.

Maybe some day we will see phones that can be 'upgraded' and what not, but really I highly doubt it will happen. There is too much engineering that goes into the design of phones and their parts that it's just not practical to make them entirely customizable like this.

The only thing I can image might happen is being able to swap out the camera, grab a larger battery, or increase storage space. Two of those things are already possible, and Sony is even releasing an external camera to pair with smartphones.
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Originally Posted by anticommon View Post

Basically this is never going to happen. At least not in any way/shape/form that is recognizable to the design shown in the video.

Maybe some day we will see phones that can be 'upgraded' and what not, but really I highly doubt it will happen. There is too much engineering that goes into the design of phones and their parts that it's just not practical to make them entirely customizable like this.

The only thing I can image might happen is being able to swap out the camera, grab a larger battery, or increase storage space. Two of those things are already possible, and Sony is even releasing an external camera to pair with smartphones.

True, but how freaking awesome would it be? I would love to just buy new parts for my phone as I go and then get some cheap parts to start out a basic phone with that my wife could have. She could just have my upgrades.
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despite the fact it will not happen anytime soon due to the greedy nature of modern corporations, this is a freaking awesome idea. aside from the need for more money and cheaper labor companies are just all around lazy these days. personally i think we should do this with more than just cellular devices. i would like to see people recycle and reuse things rather than just throw them away. why do we as people feel the need overall to just throw things out rather than fix, repair or recycle old unwanted or damaged goods? the ability to swap components in cell phones cameras or even tablets just like we do with computers would help keep ewaste down.

with all the green and hippie talk aside, phoneblocks all in all would be a grand idea. the consumer could get exactly what he or she wants in a cellular device without having to make compromises or waste money buying a new device every few months to keep up with their needs. need a better camera? bam pop a new one in and send the old one back to the company for reuse....etc. it not only benefits the consumer, but it benefits the company as well. why crank out new phones every 6+ months like apple with there iphone (not bashing apple), when you can just manufacture one base model every 4 years or so and make interchangeable parts for each base model and swap them in and out? less time and money wasted developing the next big and bad cell phone, less over all electronic waste, less money lost due to unsold product. not only that but this would in essence increase profits because you arent wasting a crap load of money on r&d and manufacturing new "JUNK" all the time.
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despite the fact it will not happen anytime soon due to the greedy nature of modern corporations, this is a freaking awesome idea. aside from the need for more money and cheaper labor companies are just all around lazy these days. personally i think we should do this with more than just cellular devices. i would like to see people recycle and reuse things rather than just throw them away. why do we as people feel the need overall to just throw things out rather than fix, repair or recycle old unwanted or damaged goods? the ability to swap components in cell phones cameras or even tablets just like we do with computers would help keep ewaste down.

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It isn't greedy corporations that will stop this from happening, it is the massive engineering hurdles and impracticality which will stop it from happening. There is just too much going on in a phone for this to be a thing, not to mention the design and interconnects really just don't make sense.
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I always thought that electronic devices being assembled from easily exchangeable compartments like this would be the future. Don't know if the future is there already.
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despite the fact it will not happen anytime soon due to the greedy nature of modern corporations

Yes how dare they try and make the most money possible!

I don't think most consumers would go for this. It may have a market but the average person can barely figure out the complicated cell market as it is which is why they just go in and buy whatever android phone is on sale and looks cool or just say iphone because its what everyone else is buying.
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It isn't greedy corporations that will stop this from happening, it is the massive engineering hurdles and impracticality which will stop it from happening. There is just too much going on in a phone for this to be a thing, not to mention the design and interconnects really just don't make sense.
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Yes how dare they try and make the most money possible!

I don't think most consumers would go for this. It may have a market but the average person can barely figure out the complicated cell market as it is which is why they just go in and buy whatever android phone is on sale and looks cool or just say iphone because its what everyone else is buying.

How dare enthusiasts demand computer parts, they should be satisfied with what they get from Dell, HP and whoever sells pre-assembled PC's, don't they know how many hours have gone into the design and assembly of those machines? rolleyes.gif

Considering some guy made his girlfriend a tablet himself it's nonsense to say it can't be done. It won't because we are all so willing to hand over whatever control we have over the hardware to a bunch of firms who make excuses about 'constraints'.
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How dare enthusiasts demand computer parts, they should be satisfied with what they get from Dell, HP and whoever sells pre-assembled PC's, don't they know how many hours have gone into the design and assembly of those machines? rolleyes.gif

Considering some guy made his girlfriend a tablet himself it's nonsense to say it can't be done. It won't because we are all so willing to hand over whatever control we have over the hardware to a bunch of firms who make excuses about 'constraints'.

Look at the back of a circuit board.

/game

You can't have electronics work like this video because the traces on a circuit board can't be dynamic.
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