The ZZZPhone – An Open Mobile Phone Platform
In the early days of the PC, customers would buy a PC and then bring it to me and ask, what applications can I run with it? As the PC industry grew, it started offering choices to customers letting them choose the memory, hard drive space, display and more. Customers grew wise to the situation and started asking, “if I want to build this application, what features should I buy on my next PC purchase?” The same question now applies to the mobile phone. What features are needed to run my application on the mobile phone?”
The ZZZphone draws from Dell for its inspiration for mass customization. Customization features include:
Camera (multiple resolution choices)
In a few years imagine ordering a phone for a measurement and automation application. Options to choose from would include type of sensors such as: optical, thermal, accelerometer, etc. Maybe a rugged enclosure for an additional fee for harsh environments or even an extra processor for signal processing applications on the phone could be choices. What about a range of choices of wireless plans based on the volume of data and geographic coverage? As in most emerging technologies, a few of the pieces are available today, but not all of them. It’s an interesting space to watch.