Sennheiser is the latest company to share its expertise onto Phonebloks, a modular mobile phone being developed by Google. The audio company is lending its ears to the project by adding the speech function and audio transmission to the device.
Google has named the mobile phone made of Lego ? like ?bloks? or interchangeable components as Project Ara. The device allows users to upgrade and customize, according to their heart?s content. This modular mobile phone is a joint effort by various companies and the big brains.
Phonebloks is a concept phone designed by Dave Hakkens. It is now being developed by Motorola?s Advanced Technology and Projects group, a team of bright minds absorbed into Google for future ? building research and development. Some parts of the modular device are set to be printed using the 3D Systems. The project is also recruiting partners and developers, such as Sennheiser.
Lego ? Like Concept Phone
The concept of this product was based on one of the biggest problems faced by mobile phone users. When a user encounters a problem with his or her phone, it usually only involves some of its parts and not all. Rather than throwing out the entire device, the Phonebloks concept can upgrade and customize your phone like Lego. This way, you can easily swap the pieces according to your desire.
Each device contains a motherboard drilled with holes. You can mount a detachable display on the front, while all hardware features you want can be attached on the back. The holes drilled on the motherboard has electrical connectors. They form a circuit with the conductive pins of the blocks, which will create a fully upgradable and fully functional phone.
You can also customize your Phonebloks, depending on your needs. You can jiggle all the available components to fit the phone like a puzzle and built whatever type of phone you wish. You can keep switching your phone around to fit your current needs. All of the components would be held together by screwing a holding plate in place. This would keep the mobile device from bursting apart.
The collaboration results would come out as early as next January for as low as$50. With these companies involved, compatibility could be a problem, but the idea of having this kind of phone would be cooler than ever.