Why bother wasting all of your salary on a shiny new iPhone XS? Why not save all that dosh and have more fun making your own phone?
That’s the premise of startup MakerPhone, which is set to appeal to those tinkerers amongst us who are keen to learn how to put together a working mobile phone by cobbling (well, soldering!) together various circuit-boards and other pieces.
To be fair, the resulting phone might not look quite as impressive as an iPhone XS! But at least you can rest assured that you will be able to impress other geeks at parties by telling them that you made it yourself. And all for a shade under a $100!
The MakerPhone kit includes a mainboard, casing, LCD, wireless module, processor and various other bits and bobs.
With the resulting phone you can then make calls, send texts and even play Snake. What more can you possibly need? (Don’t answer that!!).
However, if you are handy with a soldering iron and have basic Python and Arduino knowledge (if you don’t know what they are, don’t buy this!) then the MakerPhone is quite a fun concept kit to play around with.
The MakerPhone has already hit its Kickstarter target, so it’s definitely worth a punt, if you’re looking for a leftfield Sunday afternoon tech project to tinker around with this winter.