In a world’s first, a 23-year-old British student,Kieron Scott-Woodhouse, has designed a mobile phone made from bamboo. The new smartphone, called ‘ADzero’, which is expected to launch later this year, is made from organically grown bamboo that has been treated to improve its durability.
Expected to launch later this year, ADzero is made from organically grown bamboo that has been treated to improve its durability. The phone, made by Kieron Scott-Woodhouse, from London, runs on Google’s Android operating system.
Scott-Woodhouse, a full-time student on Middlesex University’s Product Design course, said he designed the phone in his spare time because he was frustrated that so many existing models looked similar to each other. Middlesex University said that a technology entrepreneur contacted him after posting designs online.
Weighing half as much as the iPhone, the new device will also feature a ‘ring flash’ to make the illumination of pictures taken with its camera more even. Made from four-year-old organically grown bamboo, which has been specially treated to ensure durability. “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,” the paper quoted Kieron-Scott, as saying.
Initially intended for the Chinese market, an enthusiastic reception in the UK means that the phone will go on sale in design retailers later in 2012.
There is no confirmation on when it will actually be released, but it looks like it will only be available in the UK and China at first.
(Image courtesy: ADzero)