Video: Project Ara Update
In this video Phonebloks will show you the team behind project Ara.
Phonebloks has been nominated for the Design of the Year Award. We are truly excited about this opportunity. It is an honor for us to even be considered against the many other talented nominees.
There is one particular nominee that shares the same values and passions as Phonebloks. That nominee is Fairphone. By making a phone that puts social values first, Fairphone wants to change the way products are made.
As chance would have it, We here at Phonebloks will today, the 27th of March, 2014, be going up against Fairphone in the first round of the Design of the Year Web Vote. So, in the spirit of collaboration, we would like to invite you to vote on both Fairphone and Phonebloks.
Voting occurs through the social media channels of Facebook and Twitter. To vote, visit designsoftheyear.com and log in. Use one account for Phonebloks and one for Fairphone!
We truly appreciate your continued support. Thank you and best of luck to all the nominees!
We’ve been reviewing your ideas over and over this past week and we are blown away. Your ideas are, as always, such an inspiration and provide each of us on Team Phonebloks with motivation to keep pushing forward. Here are a few stats from this past challenge:
Total Idea Submissions - 358
Total Idea Likes - 734
Total Social Likes/Shares - 1,800
You all had some truly ingenious ideas - Here are some of our favorites from the submissions:
ThomasDavid - This idea included “packs” that would allow people to select preselected/recommended bloks
Tortelld - A store based off of the idea of “Lego”. Different colors, packs, models and accessories
SgtCaz - A futuristic store that allows for on-site assembly with assistance from the community/staff
Rafael-ERG - Once you select the bloks of your choice, an assembler puts all the pieces together for you right there in the store
MO2014HD - The online store to purchase all of your bloks.
After each challenge, one of you will be selected to receive the “Challenge Winner” badge. This will be displayed proudly on your profile within the forum. After reviewing each submission and tallying all the likes from each idea, ThomasDavid will receive the badge for this challenge! Be on the lookout for that badge in your profile soon, Thomas.
Thank you all again for submitting your ideas.
First of all, we want to say thank you for the great submissions to the Modular Phone Workspace challenge. Your ideas, sketches and photos were truly an inspiration and we can’t wait to back and look through each one again in detail.
Over the course of the next week, we will be pulling together all of your ideas and sharing them along to the Project Ara team. We will also be sharing some of the most liked ideas as well as some of our favorites with all of you.
Stay tuned for more and, again, thank you all for submitting!
DESIGN FOR THE DUMP
Mobile phones have come a long way. The first portable cellular phone – publicly demonstrated in 1973, although not commercially available for another decade – weighed two and a half pounds. It was the size of an oddly-shaped brick, covered in ugly beige plastic. You could talk for just 30 minutes; recharging took 10 hours. We thought that was pretty cool back then.
Forty years on, a dizzying variety of sleek, stylish cell phones fit in your pocket, let you talk for 10 hours or more, take photos, play music, read the news, reserve a table, pay your bills and, of course, keep your friends current on everything you’re doing. The first consumer mobile phone cost $3,900 – more than $9,000 in today’s dollars – but now you can get one free with your service plan.
Here at Phonebloks, our tagline is ’A Phone Worth Keeping’. This raises many questions: when is a phone not worth keeping? why would a phone not be worth keeping? setting value aside, why are we not keeping our phones? The reasons for not doing this are, unsurprisingly, not entirely straightforward.
First, there are basic economic reasons. As consumers, we may have the ability to buy a new phone whenever we want. And, producing companies economic turnover is dependent on all the time selling more (and new) products. Second, there are psychological reasons. Our tastes are connected to trends. We want to be the first to own whatever phone is new because minor changes in design and other small changes show the cutting edge of technological style. (This is made clear by many marketing campaigns.) Finally, practical reasons come into play: phones break, for whatever reason, and sometimes, for reasons not included under economical and psychological reasons, the design of the product gets outdated.
Welcome to the all new phonebloks.com!
We started out with an idea. We posted that idea online. We gathered nearly a million supporters, with a social reach of over 380 million people. We teamed up with Motorola and now we’ve set up our online platform.
We want to get the entire world involved in this project and this platform will help us share our ideas and you yours. Together, we will make progress towards a prototype and, hopefully, a production model!
We have a forum on which we all, a bit informally, can discuss our ideas. We have Challenges, where we will ask for your input on specific ideas or solutions to specific problems, and we have this blog on which we will post the best ideas, the results of our challenges, food for thought etc.
So, come on! Join our community and help change the world of mobile phones.
Today, a mobile phone lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. And even though it’s often just one part that is broken or making the phone slow, we end up throwing the whole thing away.
This is often because mobile phones are near impossible to repair and pretty much impossible to upgrade. Here at Phonebloks, we would like to change this.
Phonebloks started out as an idea for a mobile phone made up of detachable modules, called ‘bloks’. If one blok breaks or becomes obsolete, for example your phone is getting slow, you simply replace the ‘processor’ blok to increase your phones speed, keeping all the other bloks. This reduces waste by not having to throw away parts of your phone that are in perfect working order.