PuzzlePhone is Another Android Modular Phone in the Works
Over the last two years, there’s been much talk about Google’s Project Ara, a modular phone concept with various hot-swappable hardware components. This means that you can easily replace, let’s say, the CPU, or the battery, or the screen, once they’ve become damaged, old, or slow–without having to purchase a new phone entirely. Now it seems like there may be more than one modular phone concept in the works designed in Nokia’s hometown: PuzzlePhone.
PuzzlePhone is designed by a Finnish company called Circular Devices, and offers up their own take on how a modular phone should look like. The design of the device is made up of three modules based on different parts of the human anatomy: the spine, the heart, and the brain. The spine consists of an LCD screen module, as well as the main buttons, speaker and microphone. The heart contains the battery and secondary electronics. And the camera as well as the main electronics such as the CPU is, aptly, located in the brain. Gathering from its promo video, these individual modules are intended to not only be replaceable, but also have some aesthetic and cosmetic customizable. As for the software, Puzzlephone will be running a forked version of Android OS.
Just like Project Ara, Circular Devices hopes to bring this modular device to fruition and ship in the second half of 2015 with a mid-range price tag, having worked on it since 2013. An ambitious concept and timeline, the company purports that Puzzlephone will last you a decade thanks to its design. If you want to find out more, visit the PuzzlePhone website for more information.
[Via The Verge]