DIY: Open-source Raspberry Pi Phone

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Create a phone of your dreams: ZeroPhone is a $50 open source smartphone based on the Raspberry Pi Zero

If you need an open-source smartphone that you can assemble for 50$ in parts, then the ZeroPhone may be the device you are looking for. This phone is user-friendly and has the typical features of a phone, but will give you advanced features only when you need them.

Raspberry Pi Zero-based, Linux-powered phone

The ZeroPhone is an open-source, Linux-powered handset that promises to offer no carrier locks, bloated apps, or data mining. Instead, its open source hardware and software gives you as much control over your phone as possible.

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You can modify and repair it easily, and it’s power-user and programmer-friendly. It’s also built from widely available components, so you can build a ZeroPhone independently if you need to.

The ZeroPhone will be built around the Raspberry Pi Zero, an Arduino microcontroller, and the ESP8266 Wi-Fi module.

It also features some devices not found on a typical handset, like a mini-HDMI port, a single full-size USB 2.0 port, and  support for Wi-Fi and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

A main drawback of the phone is it will initially contain only 2G GSM connectivity. 3G is expected to come soon. The phone comes with a 1.3-inch, 128 x 64 OLED display.

To get the most of the phone, users need to be innovative and can add devices like IR receivers and cameras. They can also hook up the phone with a keyboard and mouse and use it as a desktop.

Features & Specs of the Raspberry-Pi Phone:

  • Based on Raspberry Pi Zero, ESP8266 and Arduino
  • Has Wi-Fi, HDMI, full-size USB and a 3.5 mm jack (Bluetooth as an option)
  • 2G GSM connectivity (3G coming soon)
  • 128 x 64 1.3” OLED screen
  • GSM/Wi-Fi/microphone hardware switch option
  • RGB LED and vibromotor
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Uses of Extension Ports:

  • IR receiver/transmitter
  • Additional displays and buttons:
  • 5 MP / 8 MP Pi Camera
  • Extended batteries
    Various sensors, both analog and digital
  • Wireless radios for IoT
  • GPS, Ethernet and MicroSD expansion…and much more.

For more details, click here.

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