Phonebloks by Dutch designer Dave Hakkens is a concept that could see the days of having to throw away non-working phones long behind us, if he receives enough support and can work out the technical challenges.
The idea is to make smartphones modular so that if one part of it breaks, say the audio jack (which is a fairly common occurrence), it can simply be swapped out for a new part, and therefore negates the need to get a whole new phone and cuts down on waste.
While a smart idea, the reality of Phonebloks could pose a challenge. The Lego-like approach allows for flexibility and individual user preferences but relies on manufacturers building standardised parts to fit on the Phonebloks base.
Nonetheless, we hope it gets there someday.
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