Yes, release everything, because I believe that having an economy around the FP2 can in turn boost the sales of the phone itself. See e.g. Raspberry Pi, Arduino, or even Apple’s “Made for iPhone”.
If I think about it, Fairphone should test the third-party-hardware and give them a "Made for FP2"label.
I don’t have a lot of experience with third party hardware modules. Do you have some examples of cool things made possible by this kind of freedom?
p.s. I’m sure there will still be parts of the hardware that Fairphone won’t have the rights to release the full specifications for.
physical keyboard for the Jolla phone. They have something similar to FP2 (back cover with interface, called “the other half”) and provide a developer kit for it.
this kind of freedom allow for example to develop a third part better or different main or front camera, another kind of usb port, a solar powered back cover, etc.
I’ll volunteer as a tester!
Here’s a list of cool things we
hope will be made possible:
The Fairphone 2 is modular, so let's wish for some cool modules. (This is totally unofficial, I don't even know whether there will be any modules built by fairphone)
Official FP2 Modules
Receiver Module contains:
front facing Camera
Rear Camera Module
Microphone Module contains:
Wifi & Bluetooth Sensor
Accelerometer + Gyroscope
I just hope that, if others start producing modules too, these will be at least as fair as the FP…
If the specifications are releases it will be greate to have a place where consult how far a module is.
Agree to all.
Actually I already saw a FP-compatible(?) cover on a (likely not very fair) chinese website. I think allowing the development of 3rd party hardware would help goodwilling people make cool stuff (others won’t care).
Sounds like a good opportunity for the fairphone to grow beyond what the company could do on its own.
I want a back cover made of solar cells please.
The surface would be too small with current technologies to create a meaningful solar back cover. Please also have a look at this discussion here:
I've been thinking about how to make a solar charger back for the Fairphone 2. Would it be possible to have a solar panel that sat between the electronics and the transparent back cover? I guess the major question is is there room between the electronics and the back cover to do this? These are the major advantages and issues I can see with this idea:
Advantages: * Lots of guides already online to base building it on * Will need less parts which will reducing cost, materials used * You should …