Snap-Together Smartphones May Be Wave of the Future

Are snap-together phones the wave of the future?
A prototype of Motorola’s Ara Courtesy Motorola

When rainbow colors seemed to be Apple’s big idea for its fifth-generation iPhone, some tech observers suggested smartphone innovation had hit a wall. Then Dutch designer Dave Hakkens posted a YouTube video of his prototype of a modular phone with components that snap together like Legos (16.7 million-plus views). The beauty of the concept, which he calls Phonebloks, is that it allows for total customization. A photo buff can select a higher-resolution camera, while an app hog can add memory.

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