DESIGN STUDENT Kieron-Scott Woodhouse has designed and built a smartphone from bamboo that will be launched in the UK.
The handset is called the Adzero and is made from four year old organic bamboo treated for durability. A student at Middlesex University, Woodhouse designed the phone in his spare time and got backing from a technology entrepreneur after posting about the concept online.
Woodhouse said, "Bamboo may seem like a strange material to use for a phone, but it's actually extremely strong and very durable, perfect qualities for this kind of application."
Originally the phone was intended for the Chinese market but it attracted a lot of interest at a show during London Design Week. "I can't wait to see my mobile phone in shops this year," added Woodhouse.
The Adzero is a prototype running Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Full specifications aren't available yet, however it will have a bigger screen than the Apple Iphone 4S but weigh only half as much. Unlike traditional designs it will have a circular flash around the camera.
The INQUIRER has been told that the smartphone will tip up by the end of the year, but no pricing has been revealed. We have also been told that the hardware will rival high-end devices.
Woodhouse told us, "AD will have selected independent retailers stocking the handset. These will be boutiques and/or specialist shops. We are also happy to discuss other possible market routes, but these are our focus at the moment."
It's being dubbed the world's first bamboo smartphone but this is not the first time bamboo has been used in the design of technology products. For example, Asus used the natural material in laptops and PCs a few years ago. µ