Last week as part of my on-going STEM Series ‘Lets Make Things! - Using Technology to Innovate in STEM’ I mentioned the Big Shot Camera.
This week I came across something a little more complicated (but equally as fascinating) a DIY Cell Phone.
“The DIY Cellphone is a working (albeit basic) cellphone that you can make yourself. It can make and receive phone calls and text messages, store names and phone numbers, and display the time. It builds on the hardware and software in the Arduino GSM Shield but extends it with a full interface, including display, buttons, speaker, microphone, etc. The source files for the cellphone are hosted on GitHub (hardware, software), which also includes an issue list where you can file bug reports or request enhancements.”
Unlike the Bigshot Camera there is no kit available for the DIY Cellphone but you can get all the parts from various websites and the instructions of how to do this and how to build the phone are well documented over on Mellis’s MiT Site.
I would like to have a go at building a few of these with students – I think they would be fascinated by the idea and concept. I also like the idea of them creating their own 3D printed cases as part of a wider project.
Anyone built one?