Designer and geek Dave Hakkens has come up with an innovative idea that could change the smartphone industry forever, and it’s called Phonebloks. Its modular design enables it to be easily upgradeable, as each of the pieces lends a specific functionality to the base unit – “replacing broken elements, a cracked screen for example, would be a simple one-minute DIY.” Continue reading for a video and more information.

The Phonebloks concept features the display portion of the phone, with a circuit board behind it showing a peg board-style design that the blocks can be inserted into. Each block has a designated place on the phone, and each is labeled with a symbol of its function, such as Bluetooth and battery.

The phone is disassembled by removing two screws on the bottom of the handset, at which point the board can be removed and the blocks with it. In theory, a new block can be purchased and used to replace the old one, replacing a faulty component or updating an existing component to something more robust or higher capacity.

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