The PuzzlePhone is a modular smartphone being designed in Finland by a company called Circular Devices. The idea is that users will be able to switch out old or broken parts easily so they can keep the same device for a decade.
In other words, Circular Devices it’s phone will work much like another modular smartphone, Google’s upcoming Project Ara.
Circular Devices was in attendance at the 4YFN (Four Years From Now) conference, which took place in tandem with the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company was there to share updates to the PuzzlePhone’s progress.
One big step forward in the device’s production is Circular Devices’ recent partnership with Spanish manufacture ImasD. The company created Click ARM (Advanced Removable Modules) technology, which allows manufacturers to create modular devices. ImasD just launched the first modular tablet at 4YFN. The Click ARM One tablet starts at about $333 and is limited to 1000 units.
ImasD’s Click ARM technology will allow PuzzlePhone owners to swap smartphone and tablet modules and even use the same parts in future tech gadgets.
The PuzzlePhone is made up of three modules – the battery, the display, and the electronics, which is supported by the Click Arm platform. Circular devices’ goal is to create a smartphone that is open in both software and hardware so that it’s owner can easily repair and partially upgrade it as technology advances, without having to replace the entire phone.
Circular Devices also announced partnerships with Grant4Com, AT&S, Fraunhofer IZM, and OgilvyOne Barcelona. These partnerships, according to Circular Devices CEO Alejandro Santacreu, will keep the company on track to bring the PuzzlePhone to market on schedule later this year.
via The Next Web