Google releases Project Ara Module Developers Kit


We’re right at the cusp of an exciting period in the development of Google’s Project Ara, with the firs dev conference just days away and rumors suggesting prototype hardware might be fully functional within a matter of weeks. Today Ara hit one big milestone, with Google making available the Module Developers Kit that hardware guys can use to start crafting their own interchangeable elements that will make up the final Ara phones.

The kit covers design guidelines, describing valid module dimensions, internal construction, and layout for power/communication pads.

All Ara modules are based on a series of squares, and below you can see how these squares come together to form the various endo frames that will be available. Even within those general sizes, there can be a number of options for endo design, supporting different numbers of, and different sizes of individual modules.

It’s all a great read for really tech-minded smartphone fans, describing cool features like just how those electropermanent magnets are switched on and off to hold modules in place.

That Ara dev conference kicks off next Tuesday, so be sure to swing back around next week to check in with us for the latest Project Ara news.

ara-mdk-2ara-mdk-3ara-mdk-4Source: Google
Via: The Verge

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