Google launches modular Phone-Project based on Phoneblocks

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Google/Motorola hat sich mit Designer Dave Hakkens und dessen Phoneblocks (Video oben) zusammengeschmissen und will dessen Idee eines Handys mit modularer Hardware weiterentwickeln und auf den Markt bringen. Ich fand' die Idee von Hakkens damals recht interessant, aber nur extrem schwer umzusetzen. Nun mit der Unterstützung von Googles Ingenieuren könnte ich mir gut vorstellen, dass wir unsere Handys schon in naher Zukunft selber zusammenstöpseln.

Google-owned phone firm Motorola has announced a new project to let users customise their smartphone components. Project Ara allows users to buy a basic phone structure and add modules such as keyboard, battery or other sensors. Motorola has partnered with Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, who has created Phonebloks, a modular phone idea, on the project. […]

"We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software - create a vibrant, third-party developer ecosystem," the firm wrote in a blog post. "To give you the power to decide what your phone does, how it looks, where and what it's made of, how much it costs and how long you'll keep it."

The project will consist of what Motorola is calling an endoskeleton, the frame that will hold 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 firm said.

Google launches build-your-own-phone project Ara (via MeFi)

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