Each year we discard millions of electronic devices that cease to work. More times than not, though, the device is not completely defective. Generally, it is one component within the device that goes bad, but because we've build this low tolerance, high turnover design space in the electronics industry, we just throw it away and go buy something new. Bad for the wallet and bad for the economy.
Phonebloks is looking to change the way we buy and think about our electronic devices. They're in the process of creating a truly modular phone in which all the major components are swappable through replaceable blocks. Something goes out? Replace a block. Need an upgrade? Replace a block. This idea just makes so much sense.
It also seems to be catching on. They've recently landed the support of Motorola and are now looking to develop an open source platform that is community supported to get to the next stage. Take some time and check this out. They need help, and as a leader in the design and development community, Portland could really help push this great project forward.