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Product brings deconstructive side to looming smartphone industry

Submitted by Javari Burnett on September 30, 2013 – 10:46 amNo Comment

With millions of electronic devices thrown out on a yearly basis, it’s clear many of them aren’t designed to last forever. This makes electronic waste one of the fastest-growing environmental hazards in the world. But now there’s a solution to this problem, a phone worth keeping that may change everything. This product is known as the PhoneBlok.

The PhoneBlok is comprised of detachable blocks, which are connected to a base that locks everything together into a solid machine. Signals are then transferred from the bloks to the base, giving the device its functionality. These bloks include basic operation components as well as cameras, memory and Wi-Fi.

Who’s behind such a great idea? This mastermind is non-other than Dave Hakkens, a designer and recent graduate of the Dutch Design Academy at Eindhoven. His goal is to stop all electronic pollution by creating a product that will stand the test of time.

“I love the connected world that we live in,” Hakkens writes on the PhoneBlok website. “it’s time to set up a universal modular platform that companies work on together.”

The convenience of PhoneBlok lies in its structure. A blok can be easily replaced if it breaks, and parts can be upgraded if the owner feels the phone is outdated. The device also adapts to its user through customization; photographers can choose from the sharp Nixon or fast Canon when they select a blok for heavy camera use. Or for the basic user, an excessive amount of storage and battery life with a big speaker would do just the trick.

All of these components can be purchased from what’s known as the BlokStore, a marketplace where a phone can be built.  PhoneBloks can be developed to to suit your needs. Because there’s no need for full upgrades, keeping the phone also means its owner can keep its accessories, including docks, covers and cables that would otherwise be replaced.

PhoneBloks is also built on an open platform, which companies work together to establish a product and package it for distributors. The devices will be dispatched later this month to international marketers, who will determine whether there is interest in the device. Comments from casual users can also be submitted on PhoneBlok’s website.

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