Motorola announced Project Ara, a new initiative to develop free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones.
‘A phone designed for 6 billion people should be inspired by at least a few thousand.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 has been working on Project Ara with Dave Hakkens, the creator of Phonebloks, who shares common vision to develop a highly modular smartphone. They created a community and did some deep technical work on developing modular, open and customizable smartphone.
Design – Endo and Modules
Design for Project Ara consists of endo and modules. Endo is the structural frame that holds all modules in place. These modules can be a processor, display, camera, battery and anything that can be fitted into a frame.
How to Sign Up?
Motorola is also inviting people is across the globe to become Ara Scouts and a hundred of most active scouts will receive Project Ara at no cost when it launches and all scouts will get exclusive discount. Head over to this page if you wish to become an Ara Scout and read more details on how it works.
This new initiative from Motorola is promising and more time will decide to what level it goes.
Source : Motorola Blog