According to the latest news Motorola is partnering with 3D Systems to make components for its customizable smartphone, “Project Ara.” Company unveils Project Ara in late October.
So what’s Project Ara? Its basically an effort from Motorola to create customizable hardware for smartphones where consumers can pick and choose what kind of capabilities they want and “build” their own devices with modular, replaceable components.
“With Project Ara, we asked the question, ‘How do we bring the benefits of customization and an open hardware ecosystem to 6 billion people?’ That is our driving application. It requires technical advances in areas such as material strength and printing with conductive inks for antennas. And those advances must support production-level speeds and volumes, which is a natural partnership with 3D Systems,” Senior Vice President and head of Motorola’s Advanced Technology & Projects group Regina Dugan said this.
3D Systems is a company known for using a process called “additive manufacturing” to 3D print different type of objects. According to the release, 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.”
So how many of you want to build their smartphone with customizable hardware? Let us know in the comments.