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

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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.

"With Project Ara, we asked the question, 'How do we bring the benefits of customization and an open hardware ecosystem to 6 billion people?' That is our driving application. It requires technical advances in areas such as material strength and printing with conductive inks for antennas. And those advances must support production-level speeds and volumes, which is a natural partnership with 3D Systems," commented Regina Dugan, Senior Vice President and Motorola's Advanced Technology & Projects head.

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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posted on 22 Nov 2013, 10:16 10

1. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


posted on 22 Nov 2013, 10:32 2

2. imMature (Posts: 87; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 10:33 4

3. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 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.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 12:09 6

6. Finalflash (Posts: 3536; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 02:15 2

11. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 11:05

4. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 11:24 1

5. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

I'm hoping for a landscape slider keyboard module.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 13:06 1

7. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 16:41

8. jjong2 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)

i hold my thubs for Motorola's success.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 16:46

9. mcshank (Posts: 47; Member since: 24 Apr 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.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 18:20 1

10. caustictoast (Posts: 31; Member since: 07 Aug 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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