Google’s Ara Finds Competition with Modular PuzzlePhone Prototyped with 3D Printing

Google’s modular Project Ara smartphone is set to revolutionize the smartphone business, shedding antiquated models of obsolescence in which old phones are discarded and replaced with a new model of continuous upgrades, in which only old parts are replaced piecemeal. To allow for even greater customization, Google plans to 3D print these modules using 3D Systems’ mass customization 3D printing technology, so that every Ara user can print phoneblocks tailored to their liking. The company has already demonstrated a working prototype of the phone and plans to showcase a second prototype next year. The modularity concept, along with Android’s open source OS, not only opens up the potential to have a new phone practically everyday, but could reduce the amount of e-waste in the world to some extent.
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