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Create your own mobile phone!

Posted: 01 Aug 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DIY mobile phone  open-source designs  circuit board  prototype  plywood 

A student at MIT has created a Do-it-Yourself mobile phone, and has even shared open-source designs for the phone's circuit board and case online.

PhD student David Mellis designed the cell phone to "explore and expand the limits of do-it-yourself (DIY) practice."

Mellis built the initial prototype combining a custom electronic circuit board with a laser-cut plywood and veneer enclosure. The phone accepts a standard SIM card and works with any GSM provider.

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The prototype features a colour 1.8-inch, 160x128 pixel TFT display screen. Flexures in the veneer allow pressing of the buttons beneath.

Currently, the software supports voice calls, although SMS and other functionality could be added with the same hardware. The DIY phone is made up of around Rs.8,196.72 ($150) worth of parts.

"By creating and sharing open-source designs for the phone's circuit board and case, we hope to encourage a proliferation of personalized and diverse mobile phones. Freed from the constraints of mass production, we plan to explore diverse materials, shapes, and functions," he said.

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So, are you guys ready to design your very own mobile phone? The source code, circuit design files (Eagle), and case design files (Inkscape) are hosted in damellis/cell phone repository on GitHub.





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