08
May
Phonebloks-Thumb

As we've said before, Phonebloks' concept of a modular phone built using swappable, easily upgradeable parts is as awesome as it is unlikely. Yet that doesn't mean we can't sit here, watch the company's videos, and dream. We have our eyes on Project Ara, Google's take on the idea, and we can't wait to see what comes of it. But apparently Phonebloks already sees this as small potatoes. The company doesn't want just a world of modular phones. It wants to see all of our Internet-connected devices utilizing such hardware.

Phonebloks1The idea is that you could take a storage module out of your smart TV and stick it into a laptop, washing machine, or fridge in need of additional space. Phonebloks wants to move the industry in this direction, and it has released a new video laying out its vision.

Phonebloks has formed a new partnership with Sennheiser, a German audio company with experience making headphones, microphones, and other such products for both professional and consumer use. Phonebloks plans on using this connection to develop better bloks, and with any luck, this will be just the beginning. It has put out the call for more companies to jump on board.

Only time will tell if anything comes from any of this. Until then, we will sit back and return to our regularly scheduled dreaming.

Source: Phonebloks

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • h4rr4r

    You can already move your hard drive from laptop to PC to PS3/4.
    I see very little improvement here.

    • am

      Yes you can, but you Mom can't.

      • h4rr4r

        She won't be able to use this either, or understand why she should.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Damn, this project will revolutionize EVERYTHING. Not just phones, not just tablets, but EVERYTHING

    But anyways, I guess this is a must-be-done step for Google to really become SkyNet in the followng decade

    • Guest

      I'm so tired of this Google-is-Skynet-crap.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Can't help it

      • WORPspeed

        That's exactly what Google wants you to feel.... so you'll never see it coming when they actually do turn into skynet....it's modular...replace android block with SKY-block and Chrome block with Net-Block, what does that make Google? Exactly still an advertising company with a horrible named World domination OS: SKY-block-NET-block!

        I guess you see where this is headed next....remove the blocks and what do you have then? Just a regular everyday phone....phoneblocks without the blocks is just a phone you see!

      • E

        But its true!

    • Sergii Pylypenko

      The standard USB connector we use now in every piece of electronics must be too boring for Google, they want SATA equivalent with a capacitive-induced-connectors and a perma-magnetic-magnet, because that is obviously way cooler.

      • David Spivey

        I know you were being sarcastic, but yea, that would obviously be cooler!

        • Haldamir

          no he's not joking. That's actually what Google is using to slide in/out the modular pieces. It's pretty darn cool.

  • GraveUypo

    hm, it would be cool if they'd make screen blocks you could put together to form a seamless screen the size you wanted in the dpi you wanted. like a 60" screen made out of a shitton of 350dpi blocks

  • Grahaman27

    ummm.... what else would you replace on a screen other than the screen? and washing machines are already repairable.

    • Haldamir

      How about a better screen (with higher resolution and/or better color reproduction and/or different screen technologies like AMOLED vs LED vs OLED etc). The point is, if you want some part to be different, you can change it. Stop dreaming about the 2k display on your friend's phone! Put it on your's too! : )

  • ThePhanein

    Sennheiser audio blocks? Shut-up and take my money.

    • KingofPing

      Throw in Samsung display blocks, HTC speaker blocks and we might actually have something here...

      • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

        And a Sony or a Nokia Camera would also be cool.

        • WORPspeed

          Just don't forget to uncheck the box infront of Apple-price-module

      • Davis Hernandez

        add a few wacom digitizer blocks and then i will devote my life to them

      • Bruno

        HTC, Is that a joke? LOL, it's pathetic, HTC sucks so bad man, Sennheiser, Shure are leaders of the audio
        -Professional soundengineer.

        • KingofPing

          Relax, bro. Speakers and audio processors are entirely different things.

          -Random internet user.

  • droid4lif3

    This is great I have a lot of outdated electronics at home that need to be faster.

  • Paniki

    Its anything but crap, the only thing that google wants with this is to have everyone using his patents so they all have to pay them for everything and limit what they likes and what they don't.
    In some way its good for us but it is most for them.

    Sorry for the bad english.

  • kaosecsh

    I like the idea on phones.
    For other stuff, nope. Everything will end up costing way more for not so much benefit.

    • Haldamir

      Things could just come as full products like today with all necessary components in place. However there would be some type of Phonebloks standard in the tech industry (just there are standards for wireless charging and what not) so if you wanted to, you could swap the display for a higher resolution one, or add faster WiFi capabilities.

  • renz

    Sennheiser. okay that's one. what about SoC? which SoC maker already signing up to put theirs inside?

  • Matthew Fry

    Running out of room in your refrigerator? Add a phonebloks module. Can't fit all your laundry into the washing machine? Add a phonebloks module.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Can't fit any more passengers into your car? Add a phoneblocks module of additional body, additional seats and a pair of new wheels

      • WORPspeed

        Can't carry your car-block that you use on your skateboard for when friends need a ride...use the extra-storage-block on your pants!

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          you know, this can go on forever actually lol

          • WORPspeed

            I was hoping for that, but you broke the chain. Speaking of chains, did you know bitcoin uses a BLOCK chain? I bet I'll need a bigger BITCOIN wallet block when I win the jackpot!!!!

            #thatsnothowitworks

          • Matthew Fry

            Can't fit your giant 12" custom phonebloks phone into your pants? Add the Phonebloks pocket block.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Don't want to buy a new flat because your old 2-room one is too cheap and a new one is too expensive? Add a phoneblocks module of any room of your choice!

            Want to have 3 kitchens in your flat? There you go!

          • WORPspeed

            Want 3 kitchens on your phone? Just swap them from your house on to your phone, they are interchangeable!

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Tired of living inside your flat in a boring city? Swap it with a phoneblock city module!

          • WORPspeed

            Moving out? Just buy a tv module and a flat module.
            Moving to a bigger place than your old flat? No need to sell your old flat, use it on your tv, VOILA you now have a flat-screen TV!

            Need some relaxation after a boring office job? Replace the key-module with the surf- module and ride the waves on your new SURF-Board!

  • Ryanmax

    This project will revolutionize everything. Not just phones, not just tablets, but everything.
    It would be cool if they'd make screen blocks you could put together to form a seamless screen the size you wanted in the dpi you wanted. like a 60" screen made out of a shitton of 350dpi blocks see here http://goo.gl/EPhAjk

  • Davis Hernandez

    yay now imagine modular pc's.... wait what!?! xD

  • thelionk

    I don't really get this company. Does it do anything? Do they have a patent on the concept? Do they have an R&D working on prototypes? Or is this just a design firm making nice videos? How can they partner with anyone if that's the case. Please enlighten me.

  • thelionk

    I do think this is a great idea for Phones, Tablets, Smart TVs and maybe watches. The electronic of things mostly. PCs already got it pretty much figured out. But like, it'd be cool to have a motherboard standard that would be on all things.

  • didibus

    The platform is so important for this to work. I don't want 10 competing standards, blocks that aren't compatible with one another. One platform has to become the norm, and it must be standardised to perfectly work. Someone will need to watch very closely, and decide how it improves and transition. Maybe this needs a standards body.

  • Philip Worthington

    Mixing brands, easy to repair, and a much longer lifespan. Sounds great, but I can't imagine it really happening.

    The problem is no electronics company in their right mind will want this to happen. They all want brand loyalty, cheap manufacturing and a constant cycle of purchasing. I know Google are behind this, but they are platform agnostic already; as long as they have some way of generating advertising revenue, they don't care.

    I worked for Bang & Olufsen for a while. They build with high quality components, and have a certain amount of modular upgrade-ability / interchangeability (within their own range of course). This all comes at a high price, around 10 times the price of comparable consumer electronics.

    I just don't see anyone thinking this is a great idea, aside from consumers, who are mostly happy with (or at least accept) a two-year lifecycle and cheaper tech.

  • pinoydealph

    IKEA anyone?

  • http://dpashk.com/ Dmitry Pashkevich

    PCs have always been modular! And then iPhone and iMac came along...