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Phonebloks is a concept for a longer-lasting, customisable, modular smartphone. The phone's concept was created by Dave Hakkens and has been compared to Lego building blocks.Phoneblok modules, called bloks, are the components that make up the smartphone such as the camera, battery, screen, processor, and micro-USB port. These bloks are interchangeable and detachable. All blocks can be connected to a board that secures them in place with two screws which makes upgrading or replacing components easy. This modular design is intended to be more effective than smartphones with non-replaceable parts and will thereby minimize cell phone waste since any broken or outdated parts can be easily detached and replaced. Hakkens plans to have an online hardware shop, called the Blokstore, where the components that make up the phone can be bought and sold. In theory, bloks would be created by renowned hardware manufacturers as well as small companies. Manufacturing such modular mobile phone components requires significant investment and consumer demand, so before this idea can become a reality Hakkens is trying to gain support via social media and the crowd-speaking platform "Thunderclap".
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