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From a technical standpoint, is "PhoneBloks" even possible?

#11CammyApplePosted 9/14/2013 9:21:30 PM
The biggest hurdle would be convincing people to buy it. It's a nifty idea but it's ugly. And people would rather pay more for less, more often, if it looks nice.
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#12Skul_Posted 9/14/2013 10:01:37 PM
Its possible, but barely.

Especially having different bloks of different sizes.
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#13CybercIawPosted 9/14/2013 10:21:10 PM
In order to make each piece modular, there would be a lot of repetitive parts per block. Usually when you have a motherboard, there is a main voltage supply. This line is then taken by individual voltage regulators and transformed to the voltage need for each chip. If the main line is 12V and you need 1V for the processor, you use a 1V regulator to get you the right current rating. If multiple chips require 1V, you use a regulator that can handle the current draw of all components.

With phone blocks, every single block that requires 1V will need its own regulator. This will mean that each block has to be much bigger than it has to be and use much more power than it normally would. Replicate this for each individual block and you can see how inefficient this is. The phone would be gigantic.

This is just one reason there are many more. while it is not impossible, the phone would be a behemoth and would would not last rhough generations of hardware.
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#14GhennkinsPosted 9/15/2013 1:34:29 AM
Possible yes. Likely? No. It would be a very small niche market.

Most people have trouble turning on their computers and are quickly confused and afraid of any process that requires multiple actions or parts.

You have to imagine that the big phone manufacturers already sat down long ago and discussed the idea of a phone people could just upgrade. The reason it didn't happen is likely money. They make more selling brand new phones instead of individual parts to upgrade used phones. It's also better for software compatibility. Like with PC gaming, developers can't anticipate how their game will work on all the many variety of PCs people have with all different parts and OS versions driver versions etc. Troubleshooting a platform like that is a nightmare and ... costs more money.

This is nothing but a pipe dream to be honest. Even if they somehow got enough hipster support, the phones available now will make the 'PhoneBlok' look like a door stop. How big is PhoneBloks research and development department? Or do they expect others to make everything when others already have something that works and is already accepted by the general populous?

GL
#15Lord_XandrosPosted 9/15/2013 7:44:55 AM
Slayn posted...
Just some guy wanting to make money, move along, nothing to see here.


Which is one of life's primary objectives.
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#16guinness4lifePosted 9/15/2013 7:57:23 AM
Sure, possible, but not very useful. Nice video demo though.

As someone else alluded to - it would be bigger than a "standard" (and yes there are 3 or more OS's and more than a couple of designs and chips, but ballpark) modern 2013 commercial smartphone by a lot if the parts were truly interchangeable.
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#17ThePCElitistPosted 9/15/2013 7:57:53 AM
I would back this so hard on kick starter.
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#18CammyApplePosted 9/15/2013 1:38:42 PM
Lord_Xandros posted...
Slayn posted...
Just some guy wanting to make money, move along, nothing to see here.


Which is one of life's primary objectives.


Which is really damn sad.
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#19XxAzerothxXPosted 9/15/2013 5:11:03 PM
CammyApple posted...
Lord_Xandros posted...
Slayn posted...
Just some guy wanting to make money, move along, nothing to see here.


Which is one of life's primary objectives.


Which is really damn sad.


"Seeking success in today's world is sad."
#20KOTRwhoopsPosted 9/15/2013 5:25:57 PM
CammyApple posted...
Lord_Xandros posted...
Slayn posted...
Just some guy wanting to make money, move along, nothing to see here.


Which is one of life's primary objectives.


Which is really damn sad.


How is trying to be successful sad? If people didn't we'd still live in caves.
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