Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Oct 2013 15:10 UTC
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Led by Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines.

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The design for Project Ara consists of what we call an endoskeleton (endo) and modules. The endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place. A module can be anything, from a new application processor to a new display or keyboard, an extra battery, a pulse oximeter - or something not yet thought of!

This could be the biggest innovation in smartphones since, well, the first smartphones appeared on the market. I am incredibly excited about this.

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RE: Is this even possible ?
by dukes on Tue 29th Oct 2013 19:56 UTC in reply to "Is this even possible ?"
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Won't all the excessive connectors add weight? How will each connector reroute the correct signal to the right place?


Nope. They are weightless.

I love the idea though. I'm envisioning multiple battery modules and other combinations for rugged outdoor long term use.

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