Google’s project ARA modular smart phone is one step closer to reality. Phone should be launched during the second quarter of this year, and it should not differ significantly from the smartphones that are now on the market by its characteristics, but the thing that does separate it from the rest is its flexibility, therefore the nickname-“Lego”. Although this project is not represented in Medias, the revolutionary model is ever closer to realization and distribution to masses. Analysts give it a greater chance than the previous Google Glass gadget. The whole idea of this project comes from “Phonebloks” project whose main goal is to reduce the amount of electronic waste through the use smart of modular elements.
Project ARA devices will come in three different sizes – mini, medium and large. Each size begins with the basic structure and the idea is that the smartphone builds various modules from external manufacturers. Different layouts will be available in each size of the category of the device. It is assumed that the most widespread size will to be medium, that fits iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S5 size, and will be working on a new version of Android drawn specifically for modular mode.
Users will have a choice of devices exclusively with touch screen as well as opportunities with physical QWERTY keyboard. To ensure that all the basic phone components work together, MDK provides a reference design (CAD files) and guidelines for the size and design of all components, such as processors, graphic units, Wi-Fi chips, batteries, etc. The manufacturer will be required to follow them in order to ensure maximum compatibility. Google claims that the next generation of 3D printers will be able to print housing for ARA modules, and besides printers will even be able to print custom designs on the surfaces of modular blocks – ensuring that customers look whatever they want. Google expects that over time, users will be able to print electrical components, such as antennas, buttons, masks, mobiles etc.
The project is an attempt to create a modular cell phone that basically consists of a frame in which you can add a variety of parts with different functions. Do you have a cell phone that suits you, but you really hate the poor camera? No problem, simply buy stronger module with the camera and the problem is resolved without the need to purchase a new cell phone.
The production cost of the most expensive model is estimated to be around $500, and the mobile device should be released within the first months of 2015.