Well, in my version of this idea, everything is contained in one case.
The case holds all modules inside it. Open up the case and you can add
or remove little module blocks. Dropping the device would not lose any
modules unless your case split in half.
<br><br>I'm just thinking that instead of a static board, with all the
components defined at time of purchase, and permanently soldered in
place, you could have some sort of standard ports/slots on the board.
It would be equivalent to pci slots on a PC.
<br><br>OpenMoko carries with it the concept of a non-static software
base for your device. You are not stuck with the software that came
with your phone at date of purchase. When new software applications
are developed, or new versions of existing applications, you will be
able to upgrade these things. My question is: why stop at software? I
think we have the capabilities to create hardware that is just as
upgradeable Who knows what types of added functionality the mobile
devices of the future will have(newer/faster wifi or bluetooth specs
for a mundane example, maybe others can think of more imaginative
improvements). If devices are built with a modular approach, then
devices built *today* can be upgradeable to take advantage of
technologies of *tomorrow*.
<br><br> - Hans Loeblich<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 7/5/07, <b class="gmail_sendername">Peter A Trotter</b> <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
Sounds expensive - lets just put it in one case for ease of manufacture and cost then let people turn it off in software.<br><br>That's the truth of the matter. I would love to be able to prototype my own phone but I don't think it is feasible (yet) and I don't want the modules falling off when I inevitably drop it!