PiPhone is A Do-It-Yourself Smartphone

phpug8srg

Smartphone personalization is improving by the minute, and the PiPhone could be the most customizable handset yet — if you have some programming know-how. Created by Irish engineer Dave Hunt, the PiPhone is a fully-featured touchscreen smartphone based on the Raspberry Pi micro-computer. 

Made from a mix of recycled waste and basic store-bought components, the PiPhone costs about $158 to build. The device sports a 320 x 420-pixel display, 2500mAh battery and pre-paid SIM card. The handset can make calls out of the box, though the rest of its functions would have to be programmed by the user.

MORE: 12 Surprising Things Your Android Phone Can Do

According to its official website, Raspberry Pi is a “credit-card sized computer” that typically plugs into a monitor or TV. It’s primary purpose is to help users of all ages learn basic programming, and is capable of everyday PC functions such as streaming video and putting together documents. The PiPhone essentially takes this bite-sized computer and puts a touchscreen on top of it. 

The PiPhone prototype shown in Hunt’s demonstration video looks far from final, and there’s no word on whether or not we’ll be able to buy one soon. If it does launch, however, programming geeks should find lots to love in his unique creation. 

AUTHOR BIO
Michael Andronico
Michael Andronico
A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews.
Michael Andronico on
Facebook Twitter Google+
LEAVE A REPLY
Name*
Email* (will not be published)
Website
*Indicates required field
Comments*
Submit Comments

FIND A REVIEW
Laptops
All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Brand
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
Resolution
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options
SUBSCRIBE