The cellphone you have to BUILD: $89 kit lets you make your own mobile handset

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The Croatian firm behind the Kickstarter kit says its should take about seven hours to build from start to finish


If you’ve ever wondered what’s really inside your mobile phone, a new DIY kit could help you out.

Called MakerPhone, the $89 kit gives you everything you need to make a mobile.

While the resulting handset might not be as advanced as the latest from apple and Google, it is s fully functioning phone – complete with a Space Invaders game. 

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The Croatian firm behind the Kickstarter kit says its should take about seven hours to build from start to finish

The Croatian firm behind the Kickstarter kit says its should take about seven hours to build from start to finish

WHAT YOU GET 

 The parts list includes:

 1.8-inch, 128 x 160 resolution color LCD display

 Main circuit board

sound module with dedicated 10-bit DAC and electronic volume controller,

RGB LEDs

laser-cut acrylic housing

GSM module, microcomputer with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and 4 MB of built-in flash memory 

128 MB SD card containing apps

600 mAh Li-Pol battery 

 

Croatian tech startup CircuitMess using Kickstarter to fund the project, and says the phone is perfect for anyone over the age of 11.

‘With MakerPhone we’re trying to show people that every machine you see was designed by a human being not different nor smarter than themselves,’ the firm says.

Although build time will vary according to skill levels, CircuitMess says that the phone should take about seven hours to build. 

‘MakerPhone will take you from learning how to wield a soldering iron through assembling your very own fully functional mobile phone all the way to coding your very own app or game for your very own DIY mobile phone.’

Purchasers will get all the parts and tutorials they need.

They will have to supply their own soldering iron, pliers and a screwdriver –  although they will be taught how to solder.

They will also learn how to code, using Scratch, MicroPython and Arduino IDE (which is based on C/C++).    

The kit also comes supplied with a 128 MB SD card containing apps, tools and games.

However, the resulting phone doesn’t have a touchscreen, instead using a physical numeric keypad, along with a 4-way mechanical joystick and multi-purpose addressable buttons.    

Although build time will vary according to skill levels, CircuitMess says that the phone should take about seven hours to build.

Although build time will vary according to skill levels, CircuitMess says that the phone should take about seven hours to build.

Although build time will vary according to skill levels, CircuitMess says that the phone should take about seven hours to build.

The project’s Kickstarter campaign has already met its funding goal of US$15,000, and the firm plans to start shipping in March next year.

Despite the lack of a touchscreen, users will be able to make calls, send texts, play basic games like Snake or Pong and listen to music.

The kit will also teach them how to write their own apps. 

The phone doesn't have a touchscreen, instead using a physical numeric keypad, along with a 4-way mechanical joystick and multi-purpose addressable buttons

The phone doesn't have a touchscreen, instead using a physical numeric keypad, along with a 4-way mechanical joystick and multi-purpose addressable buttons

The phone doesn’t have a touchscreen, instead using a physical numeric keypad, along with a 4-way mechanical joystick and multi-purpose addressable buttons

The project’s Kickstarter campaign has already met its funding goal of US$15,000, and the firm plans to start shipping in March next year. 

Pledges start at $89, and for $119 CircuitMess includes the tools necessary to build the MakerPhone.



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