Kieron-Scott Woodhouse has designed and built a smartphone from bamboo that will be launched in the UK and eventually across Europe.
The handset is called the Adzero and is made from four year old organic bamboo treated for durability. Woodhouse designed the phone in his spare time while studying at Middlesex University and got backing from a Chinese 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.”
The first prototypes are already running a version of Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and undergoing rigorous testing. The screen size is larger than an iPhone 4S and the weight is roughly half as much. The Adzero should start shipping before the end of 2012 and is expected to rival other high-end devices available.
Aside from the unique material, the Adzero will also feature distinct “Mobile Ring Flash Technology” – the hope is that their flash design will provide better lighting for the scene of a photograph than a single point source.
Find out even more in the BBC feature below: