World's first bamboo phone is real, coming soon

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? 

source: Pocket-lint

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28 Comments

1. InternetsTroll

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

but THINK ABOUT THE PANDAS!

3. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

yeah I was thinking about that just reading the story soooooo we start using the panda's food source for mass reproduction in the new future....might as well up their number on the endangered list now

5. Challengeme

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

what are you talking about??? Bamboo first off is a type of grass and in many parts of the world are like weeds. Its not like growing trees, there should be no problem producing more

7. InternetsTroll

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

PANDA HATER!

16. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

i know he has a lot of thumbs down but Challengeme is right. Bamboo is a much more abundant resource then you or I would think. It grows at a very rapid rate and could easily be replicated in a controlled environment. I'm not sure most people realize that plastic is made out of OIL. Considering that people are more important than animals, i wonder how many people would have lived if we didnt have a war involving OIL ;-)

25. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Did you call bamboo a weed? do you know how much of the world uses bamboo for some furniture? And also the only thing pandas eat is bamboo, if you use bamboo for mass producing this phone, you will inevitably getting rid of their only food source. In other words you will be killing pandas. This phone wont be popular once people know what it's made of

27. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Pandas come from only one part of the world and in most cases "Protected Regions". I highly doubt they will be consuming the Pandas only food source.

28. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

we humans consume any and everything at alarming rates so like i said once mass production happens it will be bad.

14. evo-ninja

Posts: 31; Member since: May 23, 2011

there is none in the wild, an I think they eat chocolate now

2. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I would buy a wood phone. Wood is more forgivable than glass and daily wear shows better than polished metal. Even the worst DIYer can fix they’re own scratches. Bamboo has already proven to be a great wood for daily use.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i think it looks really nice. i hope things like this dont become more than niche products though. think if everyone wanted a wood phone... how many more trees would be needed. Deforestation on an even larger scale.

6. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Who the hell needs trees anyways. Oh wait...

23. Nathan

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I think its a nice phone too, and the fact that its actually running stock Android 4.0 (Look at the pictures) is an added bonus. PS: Bamboo is a grass and it actually grows pretty quickly.

8. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Bamboo is a grass, and not a tree. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo

9. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It's bamboo right? So if you drop it on water will it float?

10. fatakboy6699

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

naiceeeee but lolxxxx :P

11. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

i would buy one , it looks nice

12. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Hmmm... wood phone, I don't know how good of an idea this is.

13. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Excuse, grass phone. That actually sounds much worse when you put it like that.

21. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

just dont try and smoke it ;)

15. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I'll passed, I just don't want to be one of those people who get pissed off when the phone overheat and catch fire

17. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

I actually hope this becomes more popular. He clearly wants to have his product made locally and not imported from China (this increases jobs which is a plus). Bamboo is easily mass produced and is much more durable than a plastic. Those who have taken a martial arts course and used bamboo for staff training know what it feels like to be BASHED in the shins...it effin hurts. (solid wiffle bat or a solid bamboo rod...something to think about in terms of toughness) I would however hope that the components would be covered because it being a "grass" along with electronics...heat, wood/grass, and oxygen could make a nice fiery phone :)

18. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

what happen if you dropped it.? bamboo easily crack up when dropped... and then when over heated, you could start a bonfire... xD (i hope it doest start a fire when charging) but the design is really cool... much better looking than the iphone... :D

19. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

have you dropped bamboo before? lol it isnt easily cracked...bamboo is flexible and is meant to bend which is why it is used in martial arts weapons (you cant block something that would wrap around your weapon, eh?) i do agree tho that it is better looking than the iphone :) heres to also hoping it doesnt start a fire haha

26. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

lol.. your right... i feel stupid for not thinking they will use not just the ordinary bamboo... xD but we have a bamboo here in our backyard and it do crack up easily... its called chinese bamboo... =D

20. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

I would rock one.

22. Nathan

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Great design and if you look at the pictures, its running stock Ice Cream Sandwich! :D

29. Alp1111

Posts: 47; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

I think it is a really good idea.It will be not heavy. ergonomic. It is good.

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