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OpenMoko open-sources handset hardware

The developer of Linux mobile phones has open-sourced the casing of its handset, releasing the CAD files so users can create their own versions to fit the OpenMoko electronics
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OpenMoko, developer of open-source Linux mobile phones, has open-sourced the casing of its handset, releasing the CAD files so anyone with a computer-aided manufacturing technology can create their own versions to fit the OpenMoko electronics.

The design files for the Neo 1973 handset can be downloaded from the OpenMoko website, in Pro Engineer format, under a creative commons licence, so users and companies can create their own versions of the handset.

"With your current phone, you might be able to change the skin, add some rhinestones. Inconsequential customisation," OpenMoko's Steve Mosher told Wired magazine. "With this, you can change the physical shell."

The Neo 1973 phone, launched in July 2007, has been sold to developers and end users, with an update later last year including a faster processor, Wi-Fi and accelerometers. A commercial GPS device, Dash Express, based on the device, is due to ship soon.

OpenMoko uses Linux so others can improve and customise its design, and the organisation is proud of having physical products out before Google's Android Open Handset Allowance. OpenMoko spun off from Taiwanese manufacturer FIC, and is aiming to get its handset picked up in niches that aren't addressed by other platforms.

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