Fancy building your very own DIY smartphone? If you do, you might be interested in a new project published over on the Hack-a-Day website by member ￼Tyler Spadgenske.
The Tyfone 3D printed Raspberry Pi powered DIY smartphone has been constructed using a Raspberry Pi mini PC, FONA cellular module available to purchase from Adafruit, together with a 3.5 inch TFT screen and a 3D printed case as well as a few other components.
The DIY smartphone cost around $180 in parts to make and is capable of being used on any mobile network with 2G support using a full size SIM card. Its creator explains a little more :
“The Raspberry Pi handles all the processing, and connects everything together. The TFT talks to the Raspberry Pi over SPI, and the FONA talks to it over UART. Everything is powered with a 1200mah battery connected to the FONA. The FONA has a charging circuit perfect for use with the phone. Since the battery is only 3.7v, a power boost is used to boost the voltage to 5v for the Raspberry Pi and TFT.
A metal speaker and microphone is connected to the FONA for audio, along with an antenna. The FONA also has a real time clock built in, so the Raspberry Pi can keep time even when off wifi connection. The Raspberry Pi also has a USB Wifi Adapter connected to it giving it internet access. Right now all that it is used for is to upload camera photos to dropbox, but more features will be implemented in the future. The Raspberry Pi camera module is used for pictures and video. “
For more information on the new awesome DIY smartphone jump over to the Hack-a-Day website for details via the link below.
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