The team behind MiKandi has backgrounds in software development and deployment, product design, and a decade in hardware manufacturing. So when Motorola announced Project Ara, a DIY smartphone that sounds a lot like Phonebloks, we got a little tingly in the pants. While we’re not drawing up a blueprint to pornify Ara, we’re stoked at the possibility of third-party engineers and designers taking a stab at mobile hardware.
According to Motorola, each device will come with an endoskeleton or “endo” that holds all the different components together (see above image). And really, skies the limit when it comes to the modules that can be attached to an endo. Hardware keyboard, faster processor, bigger battery, or something different altogether (taser gun perhaps?). Anything you can dream up.
“We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software,” writes Motorola, adding that it’s goal is “to give you the power to decide what your phone does, how it looks, where and what it’s made of, how much it costs, and how long you’ll keep it.”
If this interests you as much as it does us, Motorola would like to put you to work. Over the next 6 – 12 months, they’ll be doing research to shape the direction of Project Ara. You can help by collaborating on special missions. Sign up to become an Ara Scout here. You know we’ve already done it.