Puzzlephone is a modular smartphone concept developed by a Finnish start-up called Circular Devices.
The phone is made out of 3 major parts: the Brain, the Heart and the Spine. The Brain module holds the main electronics. The central module with display, speakers and microphones is called the Spine. The battery is inserted in the Heart module. The company is developing a prototype and hopes to release the commercial model by the end of the year.
We talked about this modular phone in this blog post.
The company has also thought about what happens with unused or obsolete modules. The Circular Devices team announced on its blog the Puzzlecluster, the first computer cluster platform based on recycled modular technology. The idea is simple: when a Puzzlephone user decides to upgrade the Cpu module, the old one can be inserted into the Puzzlecluster and it can be used as the brain of a Pc . Its applications can range from research and data analysis, to rendering farms and cloud services. Puzzlecluster will also provide slots for battery modules, which will be used for built-in UPS functionalities.
“When developing the Puzzlephone, we always think about the whole cycle, from sourcing components to manufacturing, the device use itself and what to do when the time to upgrade comes. It makes no sense to discard a perfectly working computer just because you have upgraded your smartphone” says Alejandro Santacreu, Circular Devices Ceo.
The original article was posted on the blog of Phonebloks.