The company is developing a free, open hardware platform enabling builders to create modular devices.
Motorola has announced that they are working on a customizable hardware platform, where each components is exchangeable, meaning that if one piece breaks, customers can simply replace that piece rather than the whole phone.
Think this concept sounds familiar? That is because it sounds strikingly like the Phonebloks modular smartphone concept by Dutch designer Dave Hakkens. Luckily, this is not a case of a corporation stamping out the dreams of an independent developer, rather Motorola announced they will be working in conjunction with Hakkens to bring Project Ara to fruition.
Phonebloks had the internet buzzing when it was put up on Thunderclap, but it was only a concept. Motorola (who are now owned by Google) say they have been working on Project Ara for a year. Bringing the two together combines Motorola’s R&D department and financial power with Phonebloks’ community and popularity.
Motorola will be inviting developers to contribute ideas for modules in the coming months. The company said in its blog:
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.