We gave our idea to the world. Hoping to inspire the industry to open up their electronics

Companies that are currently contributing to a modular future

Project Ara

PROJECT ARA

With Project Ara, Google is trying to find a way for you to, in the future, use the hardware of your phone the same way you today use apps for your smartphone. You change apps on the go. You buy the apps that you need. For hardware, this means allowing you to enhance your smartphone experience by offering a structural base of a phone. This frame contains all the phone’s basics, including radios, processor, and a small battery. You get to enhance the phone with customizable, hot-swappable modules that allow you to customize the camera, speakers, batteries and more that insert into Ara’s six flexible slots for easy swapping. These modules can be inserted and removed at any time, even while the device is powered on. Consumers will be able to configure all the enhancements they want for their own custom device, and buy additional modules through the Ara open marketplace.

Current Status: Developer Edition Shipping Fall 2016.

For more info go to the Project Ara website.

ZTE Eco-Mobius

ZTE ECO-MOBIUS

Eco-Mobius is ZTE’s version of a modular mobile phone. A design concept to show the designers creative spirit while also pointing out the direction of product evolution and help shape the future. It’s aim is to be easily upgradeable at a low cost while also reducing waste. It’s a highly customizable phone that lets the user decide what their phone should be.

Current Status: Concept.

For more info go to ZTE’s article on the phone.

Xiaomi Magic Cube

XIAOMI MAGIC CUBE

Xiaomi, or Mi, Magic Cube is a concept presented by the then founder and CEO of Xiaomi Lei Jun on his official Weibo channel. The image shows modules for battery, main board and camera. Where the screen is fixed on the main board. Though the image since publication has been retracted. We can only assume that Xiaomi, being one of the worlds largest mobile phone makers, are closely monitoring the modular revolution and getting a product ready.

Current Status: Concept.

Visit Xaiomi’s website.

PuzzlePhone

PUZZLEPHONE

Puzzle Phone is a modular mobile phone designed in Finland and engineered in Europe. The idea behind the phone is to have a reliable device that is easy to upgrade and repair. It is equipped with Open Source code for reliable auditing and community support. Three easily replaceable and customizable modules allow upgrades and on-the-fly, easy repairs. The tree modules are: The Spine - the high­-res display with core elements that will be available in a variety of sizes and materials. The Brain - containing the critical electronics such as the CPU, GPU, RAM, memory, and cameras. And The Heart - holding the battery and a secondary set of electronics that can be developed according to user needs.

Current Status: In development.

For more info visit the PuzzlePhone website.

Fonkraft

FONKRAFT

Fonekraft was a concept for a modular mobile phone from Austria. It all started when the founders both saw the original Phonebloks video and decided that they had to take part in the modular revolution. The plan is to release three starter versions of the phone. The basic model Pilot, budget friendly with two batteries for a lengthy battery time. Resolution, a camera and storage heavy version for all Instagramers out there. And, HiFi for audiophiles. It was succesfully funded on Indiegogo in 2014. However, the website and Indiegogo page have both been pulled down due to Trust and Safety issues and it is unknown when it will become available for sale again.

Current Status: Unknown.

For more info go to the Fonkraft website.

Fairphone 2

FAIRPHONE 2

Fairphone is a social enterprise that is building a movement for fairer electronics. They open up supply chains to understand how things are made and build stronger connections between people and their products. With the Fairphone 2 they’ve joined the modular revolution. The Fairphone 2’s inventive modular architecture gives users more control over their phone, including the ability to easily open and repair the most commonly broken parts. Modular components slot into the back and can be easily replaced. To help it last longer, the phone also features high-quality components and innovations like an integrated protective case.

Current Status: Orders available now!

For more info visit Fairphone’s website.

Honorable Mentions

Companies That Deserve To Be Highlighted

MOTOROLA
Nowadays Motorola has nothing to do with Project Ara, and to our knowledge, nothing to do with modularity but they were the company that really helped get the ball rolling. Motorola was the company that initiated the Make With MoTo Tour, a pan America car tour that helped them understand that people want to be able to customize their phones. They also initiated the ATAP team, the team responsible for developing Project Ara. During both of these endeavors they were owned by Google. Google has since sold Motorola to Lenovo, keeping the ATAP team, keeping on developing Project Ara. But no Motorola, no Make With Moto, no ATAP team, no Project Ara. So, for that, we salute them!
motorola.com

SENNHEISER
Sennheiser was one of the first companies to really dive head first into modularity. Over the course of nearly a year they worked closely with us at Phonebloks and the Phonebloks community for the development of not one, but two Project Ara sound-bloks. Getting help from the Phonebloks community on each step of the design process they not only totally emerged themselves in modularity but also in open innovation and crowd development. And for that, we salute them!
sennheiser.com

BLOCKS
After seeing the original Phonebloks video back in 2013, the founding members of Blocks got an idea. What about a modular smartwatch? Said and done the guys slowly but surely started working towards their goal of the best modular wearable there can ever be. They have over the passed two years gone from certainty to certainty and are now (2015) about to embark on a crowdfunding campaign that will lead to a public release. We totally love what these guys are doing and for that, we salute them!
chooseblocks.com

IFIXIT
Apart from aiming to drive the development of modular consumer electronics forward, one of the cornerstones of Phonebloks is helping to reduce the electronic waste streams. One major way to do this is to repair your broken electronics instead of throwing them away. This is where iFixit comes in. Acknowledging the fact that many brands and distributors have ceased to offer repairs, instead opting for whole widget replacement, iFixit provides us, the consumers, with manuals and easy step by step guides on how to repair our broken electronics. In the process creating jobs and helping the environment. And for that, we salute them!
ifixit.org

Other companies that are contributing

Other Companies That Contribute To Modular Consumer Electronics In Some Way

VARIABLE
Developed a modular sensor platform called Node+.
variableinc.com

ARRAY LABS
Conceptualized various modules for Project Ara.
arraylabs.com

VESTIGEN
Developing medical modules for Project Ara.
vestigen.com

TWO TOASTERS
Producing the Project Ara modules marketplace app.
twotoasters.com

TOSHIBA
Developing a camera module and other components for Project Ara.
toshiba.com/

SUNNY OPTICAL
Developing a camera module for Project Ara
sunnyoptical.com

SOLID ENERGY SYSTEMS
Developing a battery module for Project Ara.
solidenergysystems.com

SAMSUNG
Developing a platform for modular wearables.
voiceofthebody.io

ROCKCHIP
Developing a Project Ara Module.

PHISON
Developing a memory module for Project Ara.
phison.com

ONE EDUCATION
Building a modular laptop.
www.one-education.org

NVIDIA
Developing Project Ara Module.
nvidia.com/

NEXPAQ
Producing smartphone cases that expand your smartphone with modules.
nexpaq.com

MODR
Creating modular cases.
omodr.com

MIGHTY CAST
Developing NEX, a modular smart band concept.
mightycast.com

METAMORPH
Developing a modules developer software.
metamorphsoftware.com

MARVELL
Developing Project Ara Module.
marvell.com

LITTLE BITS
Producer of modular toys.
littlebits.cc/

LINARO
Developing the Android OS version to be used in Project Ara.
linaro.org

LENOVO
Developing modular accessories for notebooks.
lenovo.com

KEIN
Producing a modular speaker system.
http://kien.io/

INTERSOFT
Developing Geiger meter for Project Ara
http://intersofteurasia.ru

INNOLUX
Producing a screen module for Project Ara.
innolux.com

AIAIAI
Producing a modular headphone system.
aiaiai.dk

LAPKA
Presenting several design concepts for Project Ara.
mylapka.com

NEPTUNE
Developing a modular platform of smartband, tablet and smartphone.
getneptune.com

YEZZ
Developing several moduler for Project Ara.
sayyezz.com

VSENN
Developed a modular smartphone. Now licensing the technology to other companies.
twitter.com/vsenn_official

SIGROW
Using modularity to make food production more effective.
sigrow.com

CHIP DESIGN
Support modularity trough RFIC design
chipdesign.be

AUDIO MODULES
Developed modular (open source) parts that can be used to create something awesome.
www.audiomodules.net

PEOPLE PEOPLE
People People produces a fully modular speaker that might just be the last sound system you will ever need.
peoplepeople.se/

TRIGGAR
Developing a modular wearable VR camera system will deliver a full spherical 360x360 stills and video in 2D & 3D 360. Capture 2k 4k & 8k VOD or live stream.
triggar.com.au

HEARTS
Developing basic diagnostic medical modules for a modular phone. Starting with a glucose meter for diabetics at Project Ara.
hearts.bio

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