Motorola today unveiled an ambitious project entitled Ara, a concept that allows users to snap together modules to create their own customized smartphone.
“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.” said -Paul Eremenko from the Project Ara Team. The team recently met with Dave Hakkens, the creator of Phonebloks, who had earlier expressed a similar concept in order to reduce the amount of digital waste accumulated when old smartphones are discarded.
“Turns out we share a common vision: to develop a phone platform that is modular, open, customizable, and made for the entire world. We’ve done deep technical work. Dave created a community. The power of open requires both” Eremenko added.
Project Ara’s concept consists of a base endoskeleton, in which users can snap various modules such as a new display or keyboard, or a faster processor. Interested parties can find out more information here.
(via The Verge)