Build your own cell phone, complete with laser-cut case

CC BY 2.0 David Mellis via Designboom

The smart phone is changing our lives and our priorities, but not everyone needs one, and not everyone can afford one. Designboom shows the work of David Mellis, a Phd student at MIT Media Lab. He has designed a DIY GSM phone out of about 60 components and a laser-cut wood case.

Is it enough for people today? Does it make sense to build your own when there must be a couple of million old flip phones that could be reused? I wonder. But it is wonderful to see such technology demystified. It is all available open-source on GitHub, and if you can find your way around there, you can probably build it.

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