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Worlds first biodegradable mobile phone

Worlds first biodegradable mobile phone

Worlds first biodegradable mobile phone

Thursday, 1 April 2010

This is our April fools joke.

An inventor from the UK has announced that he has designed and developed the worlds first fully biodegradable mobile phone.

The ecoPhone as it is being called, is built entirely from natural materials. This is not the first time a complex eco product has been built, last year a team from Warwick University in the UK designed and built the worlds first Formula 3 racing car made entirely from sustainable and renewable materials.

The phone features are limited at the moment, with options to text and call. Other features are planned to be added in the near future such as a camera and GPS, a smartphone version is also in the works.

It certainly looks the part with its smooth wood grain finish, which can be fully customised in any colour and design. It is lightweight and feels solid. Though its size is quite large, it is hoped that technical developments could reduce certain parts of the phone.

Inventor Tim Burr has said that the idea came about after realising mobile phones are constantly changing with people wanting the latest version, or wanting a spare which doesn't matter if it gets lost. He added that the low cost of this phone as well as its biodegradable properties will make this a truly disposable phone, one that won't harm the environment if it is thrown away or lost.

At the moment availability information has not been released, but it is expected to arrive in the near future. We are quite excited about this development and think it may set a future trend of how phones are built.

UPDATE: This is an April fools joke! But the bit about the Formula 3 racing car is true.


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