Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Jul 2012 21:43 UTC, submitted by Radio
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Stefan Constantinescu interviews the CEO of JollaMobile, the company that will continue the work that Nokia started with Maemo/MeeGo before ditching it for Windows Phone. This answer indicates just how far these guys already are: "In order to make a smartphone these days you need chipset vendor support, ODM support, and some other companies too. We're currently in the negotiations phase, and we're really close to being able to communicate what partners we actually use. This is our present situation."
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by Radio on Thu 12th Jul 2012 08:52 UTC
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The most interesting point for me is the commoditization of hardware manufacturing. I though we would have to wait for 3D printing to improve thousand-fold until we could see this (a dream very far away), but now it seems that a small team can already get manufacturing power through OEM. Barriers have been lowered.

There are now start-up programs like http://www.haxlr8r.com/ (one project out of this program is Nomiku : http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nomiku/nomiku-bring-sous-vide-i... ). And OEMs accept now to work with small unknow teams and to produce smaller batches on-demand.

That means we are moving fast to an era where some people may be able to design and actually produce a full computer or smartphone to one's liking (maybe one day with full open-source hardware specs and drivers... It will fast become a necessity if smartphone manufacturers keep locking their devices and Microsoft continues pushing for BIOS-level lockdown on x86).

See also Arduino, the Raspberry Pi, KDE's Vivaldi (ex-Spark) tablet, ColorHug... This is a trend I hope will grow.

Edited 2012-07-12 08:54 UTC

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