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Can Ara create a hardware revolution?

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ara? modular? smartphone? hardware?

Capacitive or inductive or...

Initial Ara modules will use capacitive contactless pads but Google is researching inductive and other methods for future versions.

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Mini magnetic clasps

Ara brings electro-magnets from the factory floor to the consumer pocket.

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Android drivers get dynamic

Android needs a new dynamic driver model to handle Ara phones.

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Current platforms and original inspiration

Google has two generations of blank module platforms to enable module makers, one with an FPGA today (left) and another coming in the fall with an ASIC (right).

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One inspiration for Ara came about 18 months ago when Gabriel was in Shenzhen and saw a smartphone with an integrated cigarette lighter (below).

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- Rick Merritt
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