Motorola Ara: Smart Phones Like Legos

Ara is a radical new approach to creating smart phones using a modular design that enables the creation of devices with different features in much the same way people create objects using Lego building blocks.

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," Motorola's blog says.

The design for Project Ara consists of 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!

The objective is to develop a phone platform that is modular, open, customizable, and made for the entire world.

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