Motorola now has a hardware partner for its Project Ara's modular phones

Motorola now has a hardware partner for its Project Ara's modular phones
Remember Phonebloks? It's a simple enough concept, yet practical constraints are plenty, to say the least. And while we were busy getting our geek on at the prospects it introduces, Motorola wasn't sleeping and actually approached the folks behind Phonebloks with an offer for them to serve as an ambassador/evangelists of the idea. More importantly perhaps, soon after, it became apparent that the US manufacture had been working on a similar idea for at least two years.

Of course, due to the nature of such a massive undertaking, it feels like everyone is a fair bit skeptical, and for a good reason. Motorola, however, means business, as it has inked a deal with 3D Systems that will make the latter its exclusive hardware partner for the project.


The new agreement will have 3D Systems “substantially expand” its multi-material capabilities, in order to facilitate the needs of the project by creating a “factory of the future”. This is still very much in the development phase, and seeing as we're still talking about spanking new type of tech, it's not out of the question that things may not exactly work out.

Be that as it may, for the time being we're quite impressed with Motorola and are enthusiastically rooting for the success of the project.

source: GlobeNewswire via Engadget

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11 Comments

1. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

GO MOTO GO!!!

2. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Other manufacturers should consider competing with Motorola. More competition, more innovation!

3. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

That would be awesome. It'll be like the iPhone but with ultimate customization, for tecchier people and hopefully on Android's side! Plot twist: This will run BB10 only.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I dont get how it will be like the iPhone in any one way, unless you mean overpriced. Hopefully not.

11. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

My bad. I meant that (hopefully) it'll be as popular as the iPhone so it gets the traction it deserves.

4. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

This could be absolutely epic if it works like they are saying it will.

5. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I'm hoping for a landscape slider keyboard module.

7. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Phonebloks is such a superb idea. I really think a modular phone could be hugely popular.

8. jjong2

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

i hold my thubs for Motorola's success. GO MOTOROLA!!!

9. mcshank

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

This would be the best thing since the Iphone came out which helped push smartphones into the everyday market. Now, if we can get it to carry multiple OS's that can be changed at any time would be ideal. Having the option of Android, Ios, Windows or BB10 would make this the ultimate phone.

10. caustictoast

Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

iOS will never happen. No one wants BB10 to happen. Windows maybe but Microsoft has some pretty strict requirements. Android is the only real option

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