This Is How You Can Make Your Own Cellphone At Home For Just $200

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David Mellis is the co-creator of Arduino platform and has recently made available blueprints for a cellphone that anyone can use to create a cellphone. He has made use of the readily available Arduino GSM Shield that enables the Arduino-based gadgets to connect to web over cellular networks. However, it has brought in diversity when it comes to the software and hardware features. He has made support for buttons, speaker, display, full interface and a microphone. The finalized product is a very basic cellphone capable of making and receiving calls, text messages, storing names and numbers while also being able to display time.

David Mellis is currently at MIT’s Media Lab and has released the guide to creating this cellphone on Github. He has also uploaded the circuit board plans to the custom printer OSH Park, which will be printing 3 copies of the board for the cost of $60. There is a detailed guide for the casing as well that can be built from plywood from laser-cutting, however, the Media Lab members have experimented with their own cases using milling, 3D printing and laser cutting. In the words of Mellis, the DIY phone costing $200 is ‘a difficult but potentially do-able project’.

The complete circuit board sandwiched in the plywood shellDIY Cellphone that Costs $200

Circuit board has its edges exposed while the phone is assembled and this can be seen because of the sliver of green that is visible from the plywood shellDIY Cellphone that Costs $200 2

The circuit board is economical, however, the parts incorporated into it increase the overall cost with the 8-character LED display costing $39.19 and the 6.4mm speaker costing $11.83DIY Cellphone that Costs $200 3

Instructions also cover a variant that is based on LCD. Although this variant is capable of displaying more information as compared with the LED, it is still far more economical with a price tag of $9.95. The downside is the bad news that Mellis told; it breaks over timeDIY Cellphone that Costs $200 4

LED phone by Mellis can be seen placed beside the LCD based ‘Purpleheart’ phone by Dena MolnarDIY Cellphone that Costs $2005

Making use of a laser cutter carries out crafting of a phone case DIY Cellphone that Costs $200 6

Dena Molar can be seen repairing her phoneDIY Cellphone that Costs $200 7

This phone compares with HTC Mini when it comes to looks, don’t you think?DIY Cellphone that Costs $200 8

And the magnificent cellphone again!DIY Cellphone that Costs $200 9

Amit Zoran, MIT Media Lab, came up with a highly intricate caseDIY Cellphone that Costs $200 10

Engineer Ben Peters made use of 3D printing to create thisDIY Cellphone that Costs $200 11

Yoav Sterman, MIT Media Lab Industrial Engineer placed the internals into a milled enclosure thus taking away the exposed circuit board lookDIY Cellphone that Costs $200 12

You can download the blueprints for this DIY project here. All photos copyright David Mellis, republished under a Creative Commons license.


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