Motorola Ara

The Official Motorola Blog:

Led by Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines.

The Motorola Ara is an idea I could get behind. Instead of getting a brand new smartphone every two years, I could upgrade just the part that needs upgrading? Sounds good, but is this a realistic possibility?

Update 2013.11.22

3D Systems, a Rock Hill, South Carolina based provider of 3D print solutions announced its multi-year agreement with Motorola Mobility LLC to develop advanced manufacturing and fulfillment platforms to support Motorola’s Project Ara:

As part of this agreement, 3D Systems plans to substantially expand its multi-material printing capabilities including conductive and functional materials. The company also plans to combine additive and subtractive manufacturing methods, and deliver an integrated high-speed production platform. Pending successful completion of the development phase, 3D Systems is expected to manufacture 3D-printed Ara smartphone enclosures and modules as Motorola’s exclusive fulfillment partner.

This is getting exciting.