A Finnish company by the name of Circular Devices is working on a simple modular smartphone concept which will enable owners to combine a CPU module, battery module, and a screen into a smartphone.
The Puzzlephone crossed my desk this week with the news that it would be adopting ImasD's ARM (Advanced Removable Modules) tech for its CPU module.
ImasD is a Spanish company working on a modular tablet, the Click-Arm One. Just announced this week, the Click-Arm One will feature a 10" screen, a CPU module based on a Samsung Exynos 4412 CPU with 2GB RAM, other modular electronics including a 16GB Flash storage module, and up to 4 miniPCIe card slots.
The Click-Arm One is a much more complicated concept, so I don't think that it will share many modules in common with the Puzzlephone, ImasD and Circular Devices have radically different approaches to the modular electronics; one is going for as minimalist approach while the other is going for an excess.
Frankly, I'm surprised that they will even be able to share the CPU module.
Circular Devices last got attention in January when they proposed that users could recycle their old PuzzlePhone CPU modules as cores in modular supercomputers. Given that there is no actual PuzzlePhone prototype, that plan is still literally on the drawing board.
In addition to ImasD, Circular Devices also announced several other branding and tech partners, such as Grant4Com, AT&S, Fraunhofer IZM andOgilvyOne Barcelona. These partnerships, according to Circular Devices CEO Alejandro Santacreu, have the company on track to bring the PuzzlePhone to market later this year.
And that's going to make 2015 a very interesting year.
If even half these gadgets ship then I could well go bankrupt trying to keep up. What fun.