Hobbyists with open-source components can be made an own Smartphone with a modular Kit for $ 39 from manufacturer Seeed.
The Chinese manufacturer of Seeed Studio has this week to kick start a crowd-funding campaign for the cheap Smartphone-Kit RePhone Kit started. Funding goal of $ 50,000 was already reached and substantially exceeded. Currently the RePhone Kit has collected nearly $ 80,000 of more than 1000 supporters.
Low-cost competition for project ARA
According to areacodesexplorer, the Smartphone Kit is based on Google’s modular smartphone project ARA and relies completely on open-source components. The heart of the RePhone Kit make either the core GSM + BLE or the core 3 G module. The latter provides a faster data connection while, however lacks BLE support (Bluetooth low energy).
Paper sleeves for painting
Plug the electronics in a suitable cover, Seeed uses paper with the RePhone create Kit power. The durable paper may be washed, sewn and painted. The modules among other things as a bracelet or pendant can be worn with different templates and folding instructions.
The RePhone core module GSM + BLE will cost$ 12. The 3G-Variante is a little more expensive at $ 29. Different base kits beat for Kickstarter supporters with $ 39 to beech. Delivery is to begin depending on the ordered engine already in October 2015. There’s a first look at Germany on the RePhone next weekend on the maker fair Berlin, where Seeed founder Eric Pan will present the Kit. (mho)