Like playing with LEGOs, a modular smartphone is a make-it-yourself device consisting of an endoskeleton base and modules that attach to create a custom phone. Don't care about having a camera? Swap it out for a larger battery. Want to update your display without getting an entirely new phone? You could do that, too.
Motorola has beencollaboratingon a mission tomake these devices a realitywith Dave Hakkens, creator of a similar initiative calledPhoneblocks,since this past fall. Project Ara would result in less electronic waste with devices that last a lot longer. Leading 3D printer manufacturer3D Systemsalso recently got involved in an effort to improve the phones' blocky aesthetics.