[Community] Libresmartphone (open hardware smartphone)

GERARD ARNAU CODINA . u1902342 at campus.udg.edu
Thu Feb 25 22:33:54 CET 2016

The reason of this email is to present you the libresmartphone project.


Libresmartphone is a smartphone that can be connected to a bigger screen
and be used as a desktop computer to edit documents, watch videos, listen
to music, edit images, videos and much more.

When it is finished it will have a 6 inch screen, hdmi output, cameras,
bluetooth, wifi, GPS, 4G or better and GSM. It will also have two or more
microusb that will allow you to connect your printer and other gadgets/

It will be open software and open hardware, designed with free software
(Kicad) to let other users study, change and improve the software and the

If you are concerned by the mass surveillance the goverment makes you will
be able to modify the smartphone to put hardware kill switches to the
camera, GPS, 4G, GSM... easily.


*1) Make a raspberry pi prototype work as desired (Estimated time: 3 months
– 1 year)(Estimated cost: <500€):*

· Software to make calls, send/receive SMS (with the adafruit 3G Fona or
similar), import contacts (csv) and take photos in any GNU/linux or BSD OS.

· GPS navigation with navit.

· Easy to make case (MDF) / CAD files to 3d print the case.

· 7'' capacitive screen from the raspberry pi foundation.

Make a manual so every user with a raspberry pi can achieve a working
prototype easily.

*The raspberry pi prototype will be made to have a bigger user base for the
project, currently there are 8 million raspberry pi in the market and a lot
of their users are DIY enthusiats. Many of them are not willing to pay for
an open source smartphone but would love to make calls with the raspberry,
send SMS for their projects, make an easy to make GPS for their car, etc. *

*2) Make a prototype with the components more open (Estimated time: 6
months – 4 years)(Estimated cost: 500-40.000€):*

· Use a more open HW board (A64 OLinuXino or similar) instead of the
raspberry pi.

· Use a more open HW screen (Manga Screen or similar) or design a 6''
capacitive screen if there isn't any open hardware one available at that
time (try to make a crowdfunding campaing to let others interested

· Use a more open HW modem breakout if there is one available instead of
the Adafruit 3G or design a LTE (PLS8-E) or better modem breakout (try to
make a crowdfunding campaing to let others interested contribute).

*The prototype with separate parts will be made to replace them if better /
smaller alternatives appear in the market.*

*If there aren't suitable screens or modem breakout a crowdfunding campaing
will be made. The reason to make it that way is because there are other
people that could want this parts for a different project and help to make
it possible faster. Even if there is not enough people willing to support a
crowdfunding campaing, the current people interested in making
libresmartphone are able to pay Elias Bakken, Nikolaus Schaller or others
to make them.*

*When the prototype has the size and requirements desired libresmartphone
development will start part 3.*

*3) Libresmartphone final design (Estimated time: <2 years)(Estimated cost:

·Design a pcb that has the CPU, GPU, RAM, modem, WiFi, etc in the same
board taking
in consideration all the designs used in part 2 of the development.

·Design a case to fit all the components inside that is easy to 3d print. If
there are enough people interested an injection case could be made.

*Want to help?*

1) Tell to your friends, family or the internet (reddit, forums...) about
this project.
2) Try to program the software or help with the smartphone design.
3) Donate money (any quantity, even $ 5, means a lot to us) or materials
for the development of libresmartphone.
4) Keep informed with our website http://libresmartphone.com .

In March Gerard will start working part time in this project (He is working
full time in a company but believes that this project can improve and help
the society so he will start working part time in his current job).

Please we would love if you could subscribe to our website
http://libresmartphone.com ! We would also love to know your opinion and
any suggestions are appreciated.

Thank you and keep informed!


Supporters of libresmartphone
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