Kinneir Dufort shows off concept smartphone with upgradeable hardware
The idea of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix/change it' may sound great for users who do not take very kindly to the idea of junking away working electronic devices just because they are obsolete by today's standards, especially when one takes into consideration the amount of electronic waste produced today. And with smartphones being discarded like trash as soon as a new model is released, it is only prudent that someone would eventually step in to do something about it. Which is exactly what a design company has done with its concept design for a smartphone that features…wait for it…user-upgradeable hardware. Yep, you read that right.
We all love smartphones for their extensive capabilities and extremely mobile physical packages, but for most DIY enthusiasts, they can also be a source of endless frustration. After all, most users often find themselves trashing their working smartphones in favor of new models as soon as they are released. Needless to say this results in unnecessary wastage, especially when of some of the newer smartphones out there are usually nothing more than juiced up versions of their predecessors.
Fortunately, it seems that a design firm has taken notice of the current state of affairs and has moved to introduce its solution to the problem. Unlike most smartphones that are limited to only firmware updates, Kinneir Dufort looks set to buck that trend with its new concept smartphone, the Revive, which allows for easy upgrading of the smartphone's hardware. You know, just like what we always do on our PCs.
And by hardware upgrades, we are not referring to the act of swapping out the smartphone's battery pack or microSD card and slotting in a new one. Instead, Kinneir Dufort has confirmed that almost every aspect of the Revive's hardware, such as the processor and even the internal memory, are fair game for upgrades, and the video below tells it all. Well, maybe except for the display; apparently, that is the one component which does not get the same treatment.
As stated, the Revive is still in the concept stage of development, so whether this device will ever see the light of day out of Kinneir Dufort's offices remains a mystery. That being said, if the Revive does ever become a reality, we can foresee lines of DIY enthusiasts queueing up for it. After all, nothing beats being able to have your own unique and futureproof smartphone customized right down to the hardware level, no?
Source: Kinneir Dufort