Kickstarter project: MAKERphone lets you build your own phone for just $89 from a kit
n March 2017, 18-year old developer Albert Gajšak launched the MAKERbuino, an educational Kickstarter project that let anyone build an 8-bit, Arduino-based gaming console.
The project was a big success, overshooting its funding goal by 10 times. And now, Gajšak has used everything he learned from that experience to launch a more ambitious project: the MAKERphone.
The MAKERphone is again, an Arduino-based, DIY mobile phone which comes disassembled, as a kit. By building the phone yourself, you'll learn a bit about programming in environments such as Python and Scratch as well as basics of electronics.
Once assembled and functional, the MAKERphone won't be a match for your brand-new iPhone XS, but it will be a fully functional mobile phone that will also let you run apps or play games. List of parts includes a circuit board, a GSM module, a dual-core processor, a 128x160 pixel color LCD, antenna and a sound module (complete with a headphone jack, which is something the iPhone XS doesn't have).
It may not look like much but the fact it comes in parts and some coding is done means this can be a tweakers dream come true. It also means other companies can develop additional add-ons, covers, etc for it (and maybe even a nice big battery!).
|MAKERphone lets you build your own phone for just $89
You'll also learn a thing or two in the process.