Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Oct 2013 15:10 UTC

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.


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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Waste & Environmental Impact
by Pro-Competition on Tue 29th Oct 2013 20:24 UTC
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I am interested in this from the customization perspective (as a geek, of course).

But the environmental aspect is perhaps even more important. It is just so wasteful to dispose of equipment when most of it is perfectly functional still.

It is an uphill battle, but I hope it works, and I hope it gets applied to other products also.

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