DIY kit lets you build your own wonderfully retro smartphone

DIY kit lets you build your own wonderfully retro smartphone

albert gajšak has created an ambitious kickstarter project featuring a DIY kit called MAKERphone that lets anyone build a smartphone. the 20-year old developer hopes it will teach investors a little about programming in environments such as python and scratch whilst schooling them in the basics of electronics.

DIY kit lets you build your own wonderfully retro smartphone makerphone

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the educational kickstarter project is an evolution of one launched by gajšak earlier this year which similarly offered investors the chance to build their own 8-bit, arduino-based gaming console – the MAKERbuino. the project was a huge success exceeding its funding goal 10 times over.

DIY kit lets you build your own wonderfully retro smartphone makerphone



the MAKERphone is again, an arduino-based, DIY mobile phone which comes disassembled. parts includes a circuit board, a GSM module, a dual-core processor, a 128×160 pixel color LCD, antenna and a sound module complete with a headphone jack. once assembled the phone will work as a fully functional mobile phone that will also let you run apps or play games. the kit starts at $89, with other packages offering various perks including an additional set of tools, a fully assembled phone for those who want to skip the tough bit, or bundles of 2 or more MAKERphones at discounted prices.

DIY kit lets you build your own wonderfully retro smartphone makerphone


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