Motorola Announces “Project Ara,” a modular phone hardware platform
Motorola has announced a free open hardware platform for smartphones called “Project Ara.” The goal is to create a modular smartphone that would allow users to swap hardware components at will. Motorola says it wants to “do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines.”
looks cool seems reasonable for the large geek, nerd, techie, metro, hip, individualist, contingents out there. Making it rugged and relatively ‘duh’ proof will be a challenge.
3ders.org a great 3 D printing site has this up…..TUI, a space technology development company based in Bothell, WA is currently developing “SpiderFab” to provide order-of-magnitude packing- and mass- efficiency improvements over current deployable structures and enables construction of kilometer-scale apertures within current launch vehicle capabilities.
SpiderFab project (credit: Tethers.com)
Here is the TUI SpiderFab site
And remember this, Lego for the MIT set
Tech Radar UK blog/magazine: The future of touchscreens revealed: bigger, cheaper, bendier
IN DEPTH Silver is becoming the gold standard for touchscreen technology
The mesh of tiny silver nanowires, head on and at an angle (very much magnified)
Because it’s flexible it can be roll to roll printed and the silver nanowire ink can be printed to final patern which will enable rapid cost reduction and new options. Cool stuff.
After the plastic has been sprayed with the nanowires and dried in an oven, the machine rolls it up again
Servo technology turns press design upside down
A view inside the press showing two of the connecting rods that pull down the press slide
Read more: The Engineer: Servo technology turns press design upside down
Better, Cheaper, Faster, More Efficient, More Capable….
@ TechRadar:IN DEPTH Will pliable displays ever take off? :Want to know when your phone will become your flexible friend?
Good survey of the oncoming tech…
According to Optomec, Aerosol Jet printing utilizes aerodynamic focusing to precisely deposit nanomaterials to produce fine feature circuitry and embedded components without the use of masks or patterns. The resulting functional electronics can have line widths and pattern features ranging from 10’s of microns to centimeters.
Read more at: http://www.3ders.org/articles/20130531-optomec-is-3d-printing-antennas.html
The combination of 3D printing and Materials Technology, particularly the ‘nanoscale’ materials or the materials we now understand at atomic scale, is changing the world more quickly than some see. It is not always obvious because in the end the devices are not that different than what came before, just better, smaller, longer lasting, stronger, etc. over a relatively short time it is amazing what small increments of change, multiplied by thousands of applications and dozens of iterations, can build up to.