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Hands-on Google's Project Ara

Submitted by Jonathan Pereira (@jonathan) on Friday, 30 January 2015

Technical level: Beginner

Abstract

Get an opportunity to play with the prototype of Google’s first modular smartphone project.

Outline

Project Ara is the codename for an initiative by Google that aims to develop an open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. The platform will include a structural frame (endoskeleton that holds smartphone modules of the owner’s choice), such as a display, camera or an extra battery. It would allow users to swap out malfunctioning modules or upgrade individual modules as innovations emerge, providing longer lifetime cycles for the handset, and potentially reducing electronic waste.

Requirements

None

Speaker bio

I’m currently one of the lucky few who has managed to get my hands on the Project Ara prototype.

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