As many companies are beginning to understand, do-it-yourself is serious business, which underlines the importance of exploring DIY products like this DIY mobile phone by MIT Ph.D. student David Mellis.
Mellis, who is part of MIT's High-Low Tech group, has created this DIY mobile phone to explore the "possibilities for individual construction and customization of the most ubiquitous of electronic devices, the cellphone," as the High-Low Tech blog states. One of the goals was to test the potential of the popular DIY practice in regards to consumer electronics, and to understand the requirements necessary for people to build their own gadgets.
The phone uses open source designs for its casing and circuit board. The DIY mobile phone prototype itself accepts standard SIM cards, and it features a laser-cut plywood encasing as well as as a 1.8-inch TFT screen.