Computers & Mobile Technology
Build-it-yourself cell phones

Patel 550X425Here’s more about the DIY cell phone project” Surj Patel is building his own cell phone, bit by soldered bit. It’s not easy. It starts with parts that cost around $400. Then Patel and his partner, Deva Seetharam, have to write code to run on the tiny Linux-based computer that he’s hoping will serve as the brains of his new phone. So why bother? After all, it’s not like cell phones are hard to find or terribly expensive.” [via] Link.

8 thoughts on “Build-it-yourself cell phones

  1. Why bother? Just because… Should there be a reason for everything?

    To start with, a reason could be that it is very cool to do. Second, if one knows the inner workings of a cellphone, one can find flaws in the system. Knowing flaws, leaves room for improvement. That is what hacking is all about isn’t it?

    Third, if you know the ins and outs of some technology (by doing this kind of ‘investment’ in time, money and devotion) one can find a good job and do what he does best or wants to do for a living. Most devotee’s in technology not only are experts, they also put love into it. People who are only in it for the money, won’t stick with it as soon the flow of Mammon is getting stuck.

    If this guy would go and give presentation on schools they could easily harvest new people who are interested in this technology and breed a new generation of engineers.

    Just a few thoughts on this project. Heej, anybody who spents time on a subject so much earns respect above all no matter what the subject is.

    – Unomi –

  2. Hi All,

    I sincerely hope to submit articles from me and some of the other hackers like Deva Seetharam and Casey to Make. Its the perfect place.

    Also I wanted to make my own hardware, precisely as Unomi put it, to know where everything is and how it fits together. You get tired of trying to reflect out possible methods from classes that are being obfuscated.

    Please plough through the material and links at the website. I am also looking to get the project hosted somewhere for the community, as my Drupal CMS is not really working out too well.

    And please .. have a go! I would be thrilled if someone got there first and published.

    Surj.

  3. Hi All,

    I sincerely hope to submit articles from myself and some of the other hackers like Deva Seetharam and Casey (Seattle) to Make. Its the perfect place.

    Also I wanted to make my own hardware, precisely as Unomi put it, to know where everything is and how it fits together. You get tired of trying to reflect out possible methods from classes that are being obfuscated.

    Please plough through the material and links at the website. I am also looking to get the project hosted somewhere for the community, as my Drupal CMS is not really working out too well.

    And please .. have a go! I would be thrilled if someone got there first and published.

    Surj.

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