SSG Prototype Phone
In order to be realistically flexible in the same way that open source software is, open hardware will need to be modular and flexible in new ways. This concept phone models a Skin-Skeleton-Guts construction method which allows it to be repaired, upgraded, or customized much more easily than existing devices. Additionally, by making the highest-wear parts (the skin and skeleton) out of the easiest to replace materials (sewn fabric and 3d-printed plastic) the device's lifespan can be greatly increased. An alternative configuration of the same guts as an E-reader is also shown. The Humblefactory is currently pursuing further investigations in this vein, using real, off the shelf, open hardware.