Motorola Project Ara Aims to Make Phonebloks a Reality
Under Motorola’s advanced technology and projects group, the company has launched Motorola Project Ara, that aims at creating a free and open hardware platform for modular smartphones.
The Motorola Project Ara wishes to give hardware development a new face, as well as a third-party developer ecosystem. The project could speed up the path of innovation and could considerably compress development timelines.
This effort will create a friendly interface between developers, users and their phones. The proposed design will comprise of endoskeletons and modules – endo meaning a structural framework, bolting on modules that may include a display, a keyboard, an extra battery, a pulse oximeter or something that is completely new.
Ara and Phonebloks
This is similar to Phonebloks, a popular project where modular mobile devices can be upgraded by simply switching different components. Motorola has already been working on its project for over a year, but it acknowledged Dave Hakkens’ Phonebloks and has contacted him as they wish to engage with the Phonebloks community.
The Google-owned company has already started up with the technical work and have offered invitations to other developers to create modules and gear up for Project Ara.