World's first bamboo phone is real, coming soon
Phone design seemed to be out of the focus for too long in the phone industry, and the last couple of years saw a true explosions of new forms and most importantly materials. The iPhone 4 was one of the big breakthroughs with its sharp glass body, but HTC is also almost instantly recognizable with its industrial design, and all phone makers together have stepped up their games in making thinner and thinner devices.
But even with that much of a variety this here phone, the ADzero, grabbed our attention as it’s on the right track to becoming the first bamboo-made phone making it to retail shelves. Designed by 23-year-old Middlesex University student Kieron-Scott Woodhouse, the ADzero is a unibody design, and runs on Android. This combination seemed unique enough for phone makers and it quickly went from being a concept to really close to reality.
The design planning started considering the fact that most phones nowadays are made in China, so a material that is easily available there and grows quickly was something that made sense. The handset is made out of four year-old organic bamboo. Initially, it was planned for launch only in the Asian country, but now the ADzero is gearing up for a UK launch as well. Still, it’s projected as a boutique project rather than a device for the masses.
"The whole experience so far has been incredible and completely unexpected," said the designer, Kieron-Scott. "Completing my final year and working has been challenging, but my course and the project complement each other well and it’s a great start of my career. I can’t wait to see my mobile phone in shops this year."
These are all the details we have so far, and we’ll keep you posted as we get more details. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to let us know how you feel about this new material, could this start a craze in organic materials for cell phones?