by Stephen Schenck | April 4, 2014 10:56 AM
While it may lack the immediate wow-factor of efforts like Google Glass, the modular Project Ara could prove to be just as, if not more exciting, offering smartphone users the promise of untold levels of control over what hardware goes into the handsets they use. As such, we've been actively following development on project Ara, from its early days as a Phonebloks concept, to Motorola really grabbing the idea and running with it, to Google's taking the reins with its Advanced Technology and Projects group. Just last week we brought you an interview with Phonebloks's Tomas Halberstad, and ...
by Alex Greenspan | March 28, 2014 11:25 AM
When the Phonebloks video was released back in September 2013 by Dave Hakkens as part of his design academy graduation project, it quickly went viral. The concept was a game-changer: an environmentally sustainable, modular mobile phone. The video showed a phone built from Lego-like modules, or "blocks," each part easily replaceable and upgradable. Need a bigger battery or a better camera? Don't worry about buying a new phone – just replace a block. The project's Thunderclap campaign was first aimed at reaching 500 people to support the idea. It ended up with nearly a million. Soon ...
by Michael Fisher | October 29, 2013 2:49 PM
Originally, that headline was going to be "Project Ara is an awesome solution in search of a problem." But we thought it prudent to change it, given that Google's new phone concept might actually solve a few big problems - if it ever attains widespread popularity. Project Ara broke cover yesterday, and immediately upended the lives of phone geeks worldwide. If you're not one of those geeks, here's the deal: the concept, born of Google's ongoing collaboration with Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, is that of a modular mobile phone. It's an expansion of Hakkens's earlier Phonebloks project, which ...
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