Facebook’s Building 8 files patent for a mysterious 3D printed modular smartphone

Facebook's Building 8 files patent for a mysterious 3D printed modular smartphone

Building 8, an innovative research lab operating under Facebook, recently published a patent application it filed for a “modular electromechanical device.” In other words, a modular, multipurpose smartphone. The best part? It could feature a 3D printed chassis. Graphic from Building 8 patent application The device, which is aimed at providing a modular, adaptable alternative to short life cycle electronics, which the patent application describes as “expensive and wasteful,” is being worked on by a number of notable people, including researchers who previously worked on Google’s Project Ara—a high-profile modular phone project which was suddenly shelved last year—and most […]

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