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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RE: About $!*%ing time!
by Delgarde on Wed 30th Oct 2013 03:08 UTC in reply to "About $!*%ing time!"
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I LOVE this idea! What the smartphone and tblet market need is a modular platform, much like the ATX PC became.

Of course, only a small fraction of the PC-using population actually use that modularity. Most just buy a PC from Dell (etc), use it until it breaks, then buy a new one. You or I might value the ability to open up the box and put in some more memory or another disk, but most people wouldn't even notice if the case was welded shut...

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