Mobile Phone That Refuses To Go Obsolete

I am that stage in my life where I couldn’t care a less about the make or model of the mobile phone I use. I simply want functionality and that’s it! However according to my son, if he doesn’t get the latest model, his social life will be dead and he probably will be an outcast for holding that hands-me-down number! Do I have to get him a new mobile, every time the fad changes? No, not if something like the Infinite Sustainable Mobile Phone pops up.

Here is a sustainable phone that promises to last you till infinity. Going by the storyboard that designer Will Orrock has presented, his idea doesn’t seem too far fetched to perceive.

Two big points to ponder: Layers and Upgrade.

Layers:

The phone follows the 4-layer concept and comprises of battery, OLED screen wrap, high-strength polymer housing and printed circuit board. These four layers are the core of the phone and can be tackled individually.

Organic Radical Battery is the choice for powering Infinite. This is to take advantage of the eco-friendly form that doesn’t use natural heavy metals found in conventional batteries. Using ORB also makes the form-factor of the phone slim plus the added bonus of faster charge time (expected to be between 30 seconds to 2 minutes) makes it attractive.

Orrock says that the OLED layer needs to be backed by a tungsten layer in order to operate. The screen also covers most of the phone, hence it blends into the environment and hopefully future generations will still find it kewl!

The Polymer Housing cavity is thus fashioned that you can easily access the PCB and the battery.

All the layers of this phone can be either broken down to replace upgrade or recycle individually.

Upgrade:

Both the hardware and the software of the phone are envisioned on the fact that they can be easily upgraded to match the current market trends. Naturally the discarded parts will go to the recycle bin.

Other Cool Stuff:

– 360-degree screen
– Magnetic Dock Connection
– Haptic Touch Screen
– Bluetooth Headphones
– Sync and Charge Functions
– 8.1-megapixel camera
– 32GB memory

Designer: Will Orrock

31 Comments

  • peon says:

    It sounds like this is in need of a decent upgrade system, where one can easily access upgrades of different kind and also deal with the disposal/recycling of the outdated parts (no gain from the recyclability if the parts end up in the landfill). With that said, the same system may also offer different kind of phones (if one f.ex. realize after a few months touchscreen ain’t as convenient as a qwerty, one can get another phone) so I imagine a monthly fee for a phone that is always up to date, but not to have the same phone (or plastic shell, or any one part of the phone) – a transition from a product to a product service system.

    • Demetris says:

      Hi, sorry to ask but is this just a concept or it’s actually being built? The reason i’m asking is that we have been working on something similar (modular PDA) and are at 70% of finishing it. So is this patented or would someone have a problem if we actually sell something similar to this? When i say “this” i mean we have a PDA design that as an idea was meant to be modular and change not only the WHOLE PCB but parts of it as well like GPS, GSM, LCd and other things. Can the designer or the person in charge for this talk to us on our website and tell us if we can actually release the device that we have (when i say release i mean we are almost done with the Mechanical design of this so nothing is sold or published yet about this). Also if possible could this person contact us by Mail or private message on our website at http://www.gizmoforyou.com ? The reason for the message being “Private” is that we wanted to keep the design as a surprise for our members so we wouldn’t want to spoil it.

      I apologies in advance if this message has fended anyone or in any way has violated the rights or conceptual work of any party involved in this.

  • nobody says:

    Put down the joint! Even computers don’t have this kind of upgradeability today — the core technology is moving too fast and changing too radically to make this cost-effective and cost-competitive with non-upgradeable applications.

  • ya well says:

    Yanko, Don’t you remember the concept phone from chocolate agency? the same, with more style, and less bullshit… have you guys nothing else to show? this is a big copypussycat 🙁

  • sid says:

    Great to know that phones can be recycled too this way 🙂 – Great and Wise approach –

  • Romain says:

    Come on, it’s just a pale copy of the P-Per mobile phone concept that was post on this website last year : https://www.yankodesign.com/2008/01/25/p-per-mobile-phone-could-challenge-iphone/, check out the video here with the same exploded view : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tXSEtJnPh0
    Make your own UI and logo, too.
    Magnetic dock is a great addition, just put it on the side without the speaker.

  • nizam says:

    This will be a real solution to those whom want go for the latest editions frequently, without buying new phones every time.

  • Kontra says:

    This is exactly why I wrote a year ago:

    Why Apple doesn’t do “Concept Products”
    http://counternotions.com/2008/08/12/concept-products/

    Please, please keep your day job as an engineer. 😉

  • confucius says:

    I think HTC might have a problem with ‘designers’ who uses their interface image. (touch diamond)

    Will, you need some practice with perspective views.
    It ruins what would be a good rendering…

  • Kane says:

    Forgive me if im mistaken on this one, but i think a lot of the concept is covered my the ‘Modu’ phone currently in development. A small phone module that fits inside ‘Jackets’ that change it functionality. Surely with a modu phone your covered for upgrading hardware as it evolves (and you wouldn’t, for instance, be limited to the 32GB of memory or 8.1MP camera!)

    http://gizmodo.com/353637/modu-cellphone-changes-function-with-jackets

    http://www.engadget.com/tag/modu/

    http://blog.modumobile.com/

  • MadCow says:

    this designer is at the stage where he needs to put some perspective in his renderings. or as some have said, keep your day job as an engineer.

  • Ray says:

    It is always not excellent to exactly copy someone’s concept. even worse, the rendering and perspective are definitely very bad.

  • i like HTC designs they always do an extra ordinary performance in theei every new design

  • Gary says:

    The HTC designs have fallen short the past couple years with all sorts of quality control problems. I am sticking to the note for another couple years.

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