Attention eco-warriors! If you’re a dedicated hugger of trees with a secret passion for modern technological devices—which you refuse to buy because they’re not kind to the planet—the following is absolutely for you.
What you’re looking at here is the ADzero, a really rather beautiful Android-powered handset that promises everything you’d expect from a smartphone within a lovingly crafted—and fabulously sustainable—bamboo chassis.
The brainchild of Kieron-Scott Woodhouse of Middlesex University in England, the phone is made from lightweight four-year-old bamboo that has been organically grown and specially treated to enhance its strength.
“Bamboo may seem like a strange material to use for a phone, but it’s actually extremely strong and very durable, perfect qualities for this kind of application,” commented Woodhouse.
Little is currently known about the phone’s fixtures and fittings, other than it weighs around half as much as an iPhone and will boast Google Android a large touchscreen display, a unibody construction, and a rear-facing camera.
Of the latter, Woodhouse has said the ADzero’s camera is supported by a circular one-of-a-kind “ring flash” that surrounds the camera lens and “ensures very even illumination and minimizes shadows” during image capture.
The ADzero had been initially earmarked for release in China after unnamed technology investors decided to pursue the Product Design student’s original online designs in an effort to bring the phone to market.
However, strong interest in the UK now means the eco-friendly smartphone is also likely to be available in high-end retail stores outside of China before the close of 2012.