Motorola has announced Project Ara, an open-source attempt to “do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software” by building modular smartphones with replaceable and upgradeable component blocks. The Google-owned hardware company has been working on Project Ara for over a year, and now has plans to team up with designer Dave Hakkens and the Phonebloks community to continue the project. The modular phone will consist of a structural frame called the endoskeleton, or endo, and replaceable and upgradeable modules for the processor, camera, keyboard, battery, and other components. Motorola will be sending out developer invitations in the next few months, and plans to release a Module Developer’s Kit (MDK) this winter. Prospective users can sign up to be an Ara Scout at dscout.
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