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Nokia To Release Lumia Case Design Files For 3D Printers

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  • Awesome (Score:5, Insightful)

    by backslashdot (95548) on Friday January 18, 2013 @11:20AM (#42625611)

    A seriously awesome move by Nokia. True innovators of the smartphone industry.

  • Re:Desperate (Score:5, Insightful)

    by drinkypoo (153816) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Friday January 18, 2013 @11:33AM (#42625695) Homepage Journal

    Nokia must be really desperate to try this in order to grow a community for the Lumias. Accessories such as cases are one of the most profitable businesses.

    The phone manufacturers already sell relatively few of the cases for phones and the ones they do sell come at a substantial premium over everyone else's not because they are better (though they are better than most of the knockoffs, some of the knockoffs out there are great) but because they are offered in a shiny package with the manufacturer's name on it. So they get a little goodwill for free (they own the design and they've already paid for it) and they also ensure that more of the knockoff cases for their phone will be decent, which will help improve the perception of their phone in the hands of the masses.

  • Re:Awesome (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 18, 2013 @11:43AM (#42625771)
    Annnnnd this is why I stopped giving a shit about Slashdot right here.

    Oh, a phone manufacturer does something cool, original, and out-of-character for what has become an "Intellectual property" knife fight to the death and scraping every last cent from the customer that they can? Cool... wait, it runs Windows Phone?

    THIS IS A FUCKING TRAVESTY OMG WHINE BITCH COMPLAIN MOAN

    I'm going to go back to other sites now, where the commenters are at least just stupid instead of stupid and pointlessly misanthropic.
  • Re:Awesome (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 18, 2013 @11:55AM (#42625883)

    Cool your jets, buddy. The guy has a point. This case thing is interesting, but it's lipstick on a pig. Why would I want to create a cool new custom 3D printed case for a phone I'd never want to use in the first place?

    Fine, the device doesn't interest you, but the concept still might.

    Complaining that it's not innovation because now they're 'tainted by evil microsoft' is just two-minutes-hate time.

  • by ssam (2723487) on Friday January 18, 2013 @12:10PM (#42626003)

    Openmoko opened the CAD models of their case (ok, not the coolest case in the world :-) ). People have also modified the design for 3d printing http://blog.slyon.de/3d-printed-gta04-case/ [slyon.de] . There is also a wooden case https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_jRI7InTpE [youtube.com]

  • by Elite Override (2602939) on Friday January 18, 2013 @12:14PM (#42626049)
    I'll probably get downvoted for this, but the US is not the only country in the world. If its the flagship everywhere else, we should consider it THE flagship. I'm curious, does the carrier exclusivity expire in the US? Or will the 920 only ever be available from one carrier? This kind of practice has always seemed to me like it should be illegal...or severely limited.
  • by Tanuki64 (989726) on Friday January 18, 2013 @12:55PM (#42626417)

    Even if I had a 3D printer. The cases of most phones are good enough for me. I have not modded my pc either.

    But Nokia, want to do something really revolutionary? Give users the power to install their own systems. Lumia with android? Lumia with maemo? Meego? I would buy it at once. Lumia with Windoze? Keep it. Don't want it even for free.

  • Sadness (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Patch86 (1465427) on Friday January 18, 2013 @01:37PM (#42626765)

    Articles like this make me sad. They remind me that Nokia is still that great, innovative company that they've always been, knocking out great hardware and accomodating every niche.

    And yet they insist on loading their devices with the still-born Windows Phone.

    What an utter waste of a great company.

  • Re:Awesome (Score:5, Insightful)

    by davydagger (2566757) on Friday January 18, 2013 @02:03PM (#42627029)
    "Annnnnd this is why I stopped giving a shit about Slashdot right here."

    because your not looking at the bigger picture.

    nokia, as much as 4 years ago, released a wonderful GNU/Linux/X11 phone, the n900, and was hot developing a replacement n950, and n9 phones, which would take linux phones to the next level.

    unlocked bootloader, easy to root as installing an app, debian based maemo OS, that was closed to debian than ubuntu, and ran unmolested debian binaries, and shipped with both Qt and GTK libraries which would run existing Qt and GTK apps. Its desktop was open source, and found its way back into debian and other distro repos.

    anything that ran on your linux desktop could run, although from a UI/UX standpoint, it was better if you "hildonized", or re-wrote the GUI for a small touch screen, for easiest usage.

    Now, after taking microsoftie Steve Elop on board, he shit canned this wonderful project to announce an all windows line up from nokia.

    None of us want to run windows phone. windows phones by mandate are locked down, with encryption, so even if you were a windows fanboi looking to take advantage of using a windows phone, like the linux geeks use linux phones, tought shit.

    So schematics for a phone casing is nice, but its not unlocked electronics. Its not usefull. Its also in the shadow of a company on the rocks from previously poor decision making that took the products we wanted to buy, and wrecked their company.

    On top of this, after a large marketing campaign, much to do, windows phone, along with nokia fails misrably, and they are possibly looking at going out of business. So I don't see many real geeks apt to care.
  • by GPS Pilot (3683) on Friday January 18, 2013 @02:50PM (#42627665)

    Could somebody who actually knows something about 3D printing comment on the suitability of this material for a phone case? How rigid and/or brittle is the material that comes out of a 3D printer? Is it actually going to offer substantial protection to a phone? Is it durable; will it become scratched, warped, or discolored sooner than more conventional materials?

  • Re:Awesome (Score:4, Insightful)

    by 21mhz (443080) on Friday January 18, 2013 @03:12PM (#42627917) Journal

    nokia, as much as 4 years ago, released a wonderful GNU/Linux/X11 phone, the n900, and was hot developing a replacement n950, and n9 phones, which would take linux phones to the next level.

    unlocked bootloader, easy to root as installing an app, debian based maemo OS, that was closed to debian than ubuntu, and ran unmolested debian binaries, and shipped with both Qt and GTK libraries which would run existing Qt and GTK apps. Its desktop was open source, and found its way back into debian and other distro repos.

    anything that ran on your linux desktop could run, although from a UI/UX standpoint, it was better if you "hildonized", or re-wrote the GUI for a small touch screen, for easiest usage.

    Now, after taking microsoftie Steve Elop on board, he shit canned this wonderful project to announce an all windows line up from nokia.

    Except it was more like a death march than a "wonderful project", and it was hopelessly late in what really matters: providing a viable smartphone platform. Running Debian binaries is cool, but it does not by itself bring in revenue.

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