April 19, 2014

ADzero to usher in new era of bamboo smartphones?

ADzero Bamboo Phone

Of the myriad benefits to going Android, one in particular affects every user: the choice of hardware. Unlike with Apple devices, Android users have a wide range of different styles and form factors to choose from to fit their individual needs. Android’s open nature in this respect also allows it to be the chosen software for hardware makers who like to break the mold, which is what he UK’s Kieron-Scott Woodhouse has done. He’s crafted the ADzero, a beautiful Android phone, using bamboo as the housing, rather than the traditional plastic or metal.  Before you get worried about how that would hold up in daily use, the 4-year old bamboo has been treated to ensure durability. While one would assume that this would mean protection against water, it isn’t mentioned.

Woodhouse plans to have the phones across the UK and Europe by the second half of the year. Beyond the obvious housing difference, the phone also features a new type of ring flash, wherein the camera is surrounded by a ring that happens to be the flash itself. According to Woodhouse, this should provide even lighting and less dramatic shadows when using the flash.

He originally was targeting the Chinese market, where bamboo is plentiful, but his concept caught a lot of attention at the London Design Week last year. There’s no word on if or when any UK carriers have picked up the AdZero, but we’ll most likely hear about it pretty quickly if it happens.

So what do you think? Pointless gimmick or elegant beauty? Personally, I love the balance of mixing tech and nature, but be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Source Daily Mail

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