So far, the most common materials for smartphone exteriors have been plastic, metal and glass. Now, Kier-Scott Woodhouse – a product and design student at London’s Middlesex University, and head of design at AD Electronics – is breaking the mold by introducing a phone made from wood.
Manufactured in China, the phone is encased in bamboo that comes straight from the region it’s built in. The phone, dubbed ADZero, runs on Google’s (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android operating system and is lightweight and durable. It also employs an innovative camera flash technology called ring-flash, which minimizes unseemly shadows by putting the flash in a ring around the lens, rather than next to it.
Woodhouse says he’s currently “talking to one of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world,” and that the phone – though it won’t ever go mainstream – can eventually be purchased via boutique vendors.