Dave Hakkens, a Dutch designer, has proposed a LEGO-like modular smartphone design called Phonebloks that would let you swap out features like the antenna, battery or processor when they age out or stop working. That way, you wouldn’t have to throw away the entire phone when one component fails.
The Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales.
Research and Design by the Mediated Matter Research Group at the MIT Media Lab in collaboration with Prof. Fiorenzo Omenetto (TUFTS University) and Dr. James Weaver (WYSS Institute, Harvard University). Mediated Matter researchers include Markus Kayser, Jared Laucks, Carlos David Gonzalez Uribe, Jorge Duro-Royo and Neri Oxman (Director).
“3D printers use laser technology to create very precise 3D objects from a variety of powdered plastics, resins and metals – the objects being the exact physical counterparts of the computer-drawn 3D designs inputted by the designer. By using the sun’s rays instead of a laser and sand instead of resins, I had the basis of an entirely new solar-powered machine and production process for making glass objects that taps into the abundant supplies of sun and sand to be found in the deserts of the world.”