On September 10th, 2013 a video was uploaded by Dave Hakkens that quickly took the world by a storm.  Yes, I am talking about Project Phonebloks.  In case you missed it previously, Phonebloks was an innovative concept that was presented to help people have a device in the future that was completely modular.  Allowing users to swap out different components on their phones so that they could customize their device to their needs, update the parts of their device as needed instead of the entire phone, and to help reduce the growing amount of waste due to the fast pace of the tech industry.  At the time the concept was mocked by many, praised by some, and was the definition of a moonshot type project.


Possible or not though, it was picked up by Google and Motorola, who had been working on a similar concept for around a year prior.  It was not a purchase of the rights to the project but more of a collaboration between Google and Dave to help bring this device to the public as quickly as possible.

Enter Project Ara.

Project Ara is a refined version of the original Phonebloks concept, despite that though it also has only been shown so far as a design of a product rather than an actual working device.  That is all about to change.

Today it was announced that there will be a live developers’ conference to be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California from April 15th to 16th 2014.  That is right, we may be only a little over a month away from actually getting a look at an actual working prototype version of Ara.  Due to the fact that it is a developer conference, developers of course will take precedence when it comes to registration, for those of us unable to attend though the entire thing will be online via a live webstream.  To watch it online is of course free, but if you are attending in person you will need to pay a $100 fee, or a $25 fee if you are a student.  This covers the conference and food.

The focus of this particular conference will be the alpha release of the MDK(Ara Module Developers’ Kit).  It will be an open platform that after the conference is expected to be made public sometime in early April.

For more information about Project Ara and its first developer conference click here.
Also if you plan on attending either online or in person do not forget to register here.

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Nathan Buth

Currently I am enrolled as a student at Full Sail University pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Mobile Development.I originally was brought deeper into the tech world after getting an OG Droid and obsessively changing the custom ROM and theme it was running on at minimum a weekly basis.In 2012 I luckily managed to get a ticket to I/O and became a Glass Explorer.Since then I have worked on a startup as a mobile programmer, attended Glass Foundry, and received Glass.My primary device is a GS3 which I use alongside a Nexus 4, a Nexus 7, a Pebble, and Glass.