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.

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