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Creators of the ADzero bamboo mobile phone set sights on 2012 release


February 3, 2012

The different buttons on the prototypes' fronts suggest that, at the stage these were created at least, a final UI had not been settled upon (Photo: ADzero)

The different buttons on the prototypes' fronts suggest that, at the stage these were created at least, a final UI had not been settled upon (Photo: ADzero)

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An intriguing bamboo mobile phone named ADzero is set to launch in the UK before the year is out following a positive response to the design, which was originally intended for the Chinese market. Though the intention is that the phone will run Android, relatively little is known about the phone itself. ADzero's Jerry Lao indicated to Gizmag that the designers are leaving all hardware options on the table until production is ready to roll.

UK newspaper the Telegraph has one or two details, though. Apparently the phone will be made from treated four-year-old organic bamboo, and will be half the weight of an iPhone. Its camera will feature a ring flash surrounding the lens to minimize shadows caused by the flash. And judging by the size of the display, the ADzero will almost certainly feature a touchscreen interface.

"Bamboo may seem like a strange material to use for a phone," the ADzero's designer Kieron-Scott Woodhouse told the Telegraph, "but it's actually extremely strong and very durable, perfect qualities for this kind of application."

I'll wager bamboo doesn't strike you as that strange a choice, what with its being a low-cost, sustainable source of material already adapted from its everyday use (feeding pandas) to bend to the will of manufacturers of notebook computers, bicycles, scooters and perhaps truest to the grass's natural form (and my own favorite), iPhone docks.

The idea of crafting mobile telephones from more sustainable materials makes an awful lot of sense, given the rate it which people are wont to upgrade. It's not a new idea, though. Various prototypes of phones made from sustainable soft wood sources have appeared over the years. Unlike mere prototypes, it seems as though the ADzero is making a laudable attempt at commercial viability, though the Telegraph claims the ADzero will be targeted at design outlets, and is perhaps unlikely to become a mass-produced item on the grand scale.

We can't help noticing that the ADzero does not appear to be turned on in any of the product shots, so it may be that thus far no working prototype has been made. At present the identity of the ADzero's backers remains elusive, and with no fixed specification, a pre-2013 release may prove an optimistic target. But then, what's wrong with a bit of optimism?

Sources: ADZero, Telegraph

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James Holloway James lives in East London where he punctuates endless tea drinking with freelance writing and meteorological angst. Unlocking Every Extend Extra Extreme’s “Master of Extreme” achievement was the fourth proudest moment of his life. All articles by James Holloway

Placing a bamboo phone in your top pocket and then going for a good workout or anything that makes a person sweat would likely make the thing swell from the increase in moisture. i think that might be the reason you don\'t see wooden phones on the market today.

Denis Klanac

Normal people leave their cell phones in their locker.......SMH

I think it\'s awesome and I will check it out.

Vanessa Mitchell

not if your on call luv!

Denis Klanac

I seriously doubt it will make a big impression here where anything with an Apple logo is de rigueur to show how rich & well connected you are.

Bamboo might well come from China but it doesn\'t carry much of a coolness factor in the Middle Kingdom. We\'ll save that for all you greenies across the pond.

Shanghai'd Expat

Hats off to the product designers, Very nice looking phone made from organic materials. With this phone, one can forsee the moce of technology towards nature. The student is really very creative and innovative, which results into bamboo phone, running on Android OS. His selection of material for making phone reveals his love for nature as as well remind us to shift to natural things.

Annu Verma

I can imagine it becoming the yoghurt knitters must have eco toy, until AQIS confiscate them or insist on dipping them in disinfectant at every international airport into Australia.

Rob Wharton
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