PHOBOS is one of four experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), scheduled to start data collection in fall 1999. Its main goal is to collect events using minimum bias triggers. A search will then be made for interesting, and perhaps rare, classes of events that may indicate the formation of a quark gluon plasma (QGP) or the restoration of chiral symmetry. In this report we describe the PHOBOS detector design and present the first results in detector development. We will also present our expectations from the first year of operation.