Phoneblocks – A Phone Worth Keeping

Transition Consciousness

Phoneblocks

If I am honest, the Apple iPhone launch this week did not really set my pulse racing. While Apple products are certainly still cool, I just wonder if there is still such a huge appetite to replace last year’s phone, or even the one bought just a few months ago?

In contrast to Apple’s launch, I thought I would share this inspired video made by Dave Hakkens. The video is well worth watching for the concept it is aiming to help promote and fund – an open platform for building a new type of smart phone which is built on a LEGO type board. When one element fails, there is no need to replace the whole phone, just that particular part. Wonderful.

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop: 5 Things You Should Know

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Elon Musk, he of Tesla and SpaceX fame, is looking to shake up the transportation industry with an idea called the Hyperloop.

Businessweek has some details concerning how the Hyperloop would work, and Musk himself has released a 57-page PDF alongside an accompanying blog post, but here are the basics.

It Would Go From L.A. to San Francisco in About 35 Minutes, With No Need for Train- or Plane-like Schedules

Musk proposes the roughly 380-mile (612 km) trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco taking about 35 minutes in the Hyperloop, according to his PDF. Aluminum “pods” containing passengers and even cars would be shot through steel tubes at almost 800 miles per hour (1,290 km/h) in certain stretches. Musk’s blog post mentions that such a system would be “the right solution for the specific case of high-traffic city pairs that are less than about 1,500 km or 900 miles…

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