We are a world of individuals, and being an individual means having different wants and needs than the next person. So why do we all settle for the same technology? With the recent release of the iPhone 5s and 5c, it does not look like the Apple craze is going to die down anytime soon. But if every person is unique, then we all probably have different hardware needs. The photographer may want an upgraded camera. The musician may want more data storage. The problem we face with the iPhone and the other smartphones currently on the market is that each product is always the same. We are constantly throwing away our phones in search of an upgrade or because one broken part cannot be replaced. So why haven’t we come up with something more efficient?
Phoneblok is a concept that can solve the smartphone efficiency problem for everyone. The phone is made up of three layers: a screen, a base that brings all of the components together, and a series of “bloks” that are chosen by the user to meet his or her needs. The Bloks are added onto the phone like Legos and enable a variety of choices for the user like increased battery size, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, an audiojack, a camera, increased speed, increased storage, and a speaker, among many others. Since the Bloks are detachable, those that are broken or outdated could be easily replaced, so the phone itself is made to last.
Bloks would be sold through the Blokstore, similar to the idea of an app store. Users could choose from types of bloks, like a regular battery or one that is solar powered, and many companies would get involved to create the different brands. The user could support certain bigger name brands, like Nikon or Canon for a camera, or even give the opportunity for small businesses to get involved in creating new bloks. Users could even sign up for subscriptions to certain bloks, so that when a specific type of blok becomes outdated, they receive a new one and send back the old one.
For this concept to become a reality, consumers need to get the required companies involved. The makers of Phonebloks are looking to start a revolution by getting consumers to join the “Thunderclap” on October 29, 2013. The idea of the Thunderclap is to make the world hear the idea through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. If the Thunderclap is a success, companies may realize that there is a market for a better phone, and the companies may find interest in the Phoneblok concept. To find out more information and to get involved click here.