Motorola, owned by Google, has announced Ara Project, a platform of ‘hardware’ for any developer manufactures the modules of a phone and the users choose and build at will. This is possible thanks to the “endoskeleton”, a framework that engage different parts of the phone, from a CPU to a new screen, another camera or a second battery , for example.
We had seen a similar concept in the design of a designer named Phoneblok Morotola now decided to make it happen. In this way, users could make their own phones as the manufacturers parts.The truth is that the devices Motorola conceptual images are rather more stylized than the Phoneblok .
The resemblance between the two projects will not stay in mere anecdote. over a year ago that Motorola is working on Ara Project and will now do so in collaboration with the founder of Phoneblocks, Dave Hakkens , to create a community of developers and build parts technical knowledge startup.
In a few months will invite developers to start creating modules.To do so, shall make available to the Module Developer’s Kit(MDK), a first version of a development platform that will arrive in late 2013 or early 2014.
” We want to do for the hardware what Android has done for the software : create a vibrant developer ecosystem, lowering the barriers to enter it, increase the pace of innovation and substantially reduce the timeline for development “, published the company’s official blog.
Also, Motorola is recruiting their ” Ara scouts “volunteers willing to test this technology and provide information on how users behave like, similar to what Google did with Google Glass.