To design and create a modular custom smartphone, Motorola/Google and 3D Systems combined their efforts in a project named Ara, in developing modular smartphones, which parts are made with 3D printing systems, enabling people - what is described as 'making functional and aesthetic choices' about their smartphone.
Their drive is to bring the benefits of customization and an open hardware ecosystem to the people and that's what their Ara project is all about.
This planned modular phone system will exists of modules made in 3D.
So anyone will be able to assemble their own Ara smartphone, with regard to what the phone does and how it looks. In other words, you customize a phone by picking modules so you get a smartphone that serves your purpose.
The phone basically exists of a frame and you then assemble and slide in the modules such as display, camera, speaker, battery etc.. A module is a aluminum frame containing a PCB holding the electronics and a 3D printed shell
You can personalize your modular Ara smartphone by 3D printing a picture on the shells of your phone.
The idea of this project Ara smartphone is to not replace an entire phone with one that has newer features, but to just replace those modules that are enhanced.
This Ara modular phone - also called Ara phone Google, has an expected release date somewhere in 2015.
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