It might not be the most application friendly smartphone out there at the moment, but this innovative DIY wooden cell phone created by MIT’s High-Low Tech research group, is definitely a great weekend project if you fancy building your very own high-low tech cellphone.
The wooden cellphone is constructed from around $150 worth of components and features a 1.8-inch, 160 x 128 TFT LCD display. At the moment the cellphone is only good for calls, but the team who built it hope to add SMS functionality soon. The MIT High-Low Tech research group explain their concept and the reasons behind it.
“Freed from the constraints of mass production, we plan to explore diverse materials, shapes, and functions. We hope that the project will help us explore and expand the limits of do-it-yourself (DIY) practice.
How close can a homemade project come to the design of a cutting edge device? What are the economics of building a high-tech device in small quantities? Which parts are even available to individual consumers? What’s required for people to customize and build their own devices?”
Image Credit: David Mellis