Motorola: Project Ara modular prototype coming real soon

Motorola: Project Ara modular prototype coming real soonWe’ve been writing a fair bit about Motorola’s Project Ara of late, with the US manufacturer initially spouting words in October, while more recently we learned that it’s pairing with 3D Systems.

It all seems to be happening pretty fast, and indeed Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside says we’re “pretty close” to a reality with modular phones.

That’s the word from YouTube, which hosts a 40-minute interview with Woodside, conducted by a dude called Marques Brownlee.

"There is a [Project Ara] prototype and it is pretty close," reveals Woodside. "The idea is you have a skeleton that holds together a set of components and the components slide in and out.”

Ultimately, that means you can customise the heck out of your phone’s internals, investing in the components you think are important. For example, you might want a super-expensive super-fast processor and whole whack of RAM, but not care much for a 41MP camera. Maybe 8MP would do.

Woodside goes on to explain how Project Ara and Moto Maker might go together, the latter being where US peeps can customise their Moto X orders (back colour, front colour, accent colour…).

"Moto Maker was the beginning of a more exciting and longer term story which is how do we involve consumers and give them more choice," purrs Dennis.

"Ara is much further out but you can see how those two things tie together and how as we introduce new materials into Moto Maker we're gonna pursue that theme across our product line going forward.

“What we'd like to eventually get to is [customising] functionality within the device and that's where Project Ara and Moto Maker may converge."

Interesting stuff, no?

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