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Old 09-10-2013, 03:25 PM
 
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Phonebloks - YouTube
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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Engineering nightmare/impossibility...
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:16 AM
 
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Engineering nightmare/impossibility...
Elaborate...
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:44 AM
 
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Proprietary. Not a lightly used word in the world of obscene profits.

Companies working together. Not proprietary.

It will never happen.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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The idea is nice.

The cost of getting components to be made in such a manner is a small mountain to climb. That in of itself would cost a pretty penny.
Additionally, programming the modem and PCB to work and play nice with each replacable component would be quite a task.

... and then there is the OS to function with lower layer connections etc.

Its not that couldnt be done, its just that it would cost a fortune to actually develop even a functioning prototype. These arent exactly custom Nike's.

Thanks for sharing
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:23 PM
 
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It would be an engineering DISASTER to make one of these that would reliably work. It would be fragile, very bulky, extremely prone to dust and water damage, and the parts would have to be standardized in such a way that all the pins for each item are accessible with any combination of parts, it would be a NIGHTMARE to build and standardize between multiple companies. Not to mention how extremely precisely machined every part would have to be to stay properly "set" in the pin holes without being too close or too far away from the other parts so that it doesn't allow for wiggle room and it doesn't push the other parts out of alignment.

This would also be a driver nightmare. Either they would have to use proprietary, standardized drivers and there would be no innovation or reason for multiple companies to make modules, or there would be freely created drivers that would need to be installed on some part of the phone every time it is changed.

Electrically, I could not imagine the amount of brain damage it would take to map something like this out. You can't really expect the CPU module to have 2 or 4 or whatever pins on it? What the hell kind of bus is that? There are HUNDREDS of leads that would need to be perfectly aligned, there are thousands of leads on those tiny motherboards to all components of the phone. There is absolutely no way that you could make this work reliably.

Phones are already extremely well engineered devices....this idea is 100% design, 0% effective.
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:40 AM
 
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In future could we describe a little about what we are talking about and not just posting a Video?
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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Phonebloks - Made by Dave Hakkens
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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The idea is nice.

The cost of getting components to be made in such a manner is a small mountain to climb. That in of itself would cost a pretty penny.
Additionally, programming the modem and PCB to work and play nice with each replacable component would be quite a task.

... and then there is the OS to function with lower layer connections etc.

Its not that couldnt be done, its just that it would cost a fortune to actually develop even a functioning prototype. These arent exactly custom Nike's.

Thanks for sharing
Looks like when I said it would cost a fortune, well, there is no other company besides Apple that could probably pull it off like Google. Motorola announces Project Ara, its open hardware platform Really interesting. Cant wait to see the prototypes!
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:10 PM
 
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While it is somewhat similar to phonebloks, it's not going to hit that mark. The only parts you'll be able to replace are things like battery and memory (size, not type, of course) and maybe not even that, the SoC is still soldered to the board and the board is still HIGHLY unchangeable. It is not and will not be a breadboard style "stick whatever you want in whatever configuration you want" type of device.

People think "oh great, I can now just upgrade parts of my phone when it gets slow!" but you can't - you can REPLACE them if they break and you can expand them if you want a bigger battery or something like that, but you can't upgrade the speed of the RAM or CPU, it'll still be the same old phone and after 2 or so years it'll be irrelevant just like every other phone out there.

It's still a decent marketing concept and if moto does it correctly they'll make a decent amount of money on it but I do not think this is indicative of "the next big thing."
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