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Phonebloks Posts Project Ara Update Video, Shows the Team Behind the Undertaking

Now that we’re so close to the Project Ara Developers Conference set to go down on April 15th and 16th, it seems Phonebloks couldn’t resist uploading an update video on the progress of the team behind Project Ara. The video shows some of the prototypes of Project Ara, but there are no finished products to be revealed here.

A lot of goodies are in the video, including some details about how Google plans to get Ara out to consumers. We also meet with two Google Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) engineers, the aptly-named Mechanical Workstream lead, Ara, and the Electrical Engineering and Software lead, Seth. The two have devised a way to connect modules to the endoskeletons with electropermanent magnets, which means progress.

We also learned of ATAP partnerships with 3D Systems for manufacturing 3D printed parts for use on Ara, and Soso Limited for a simple Ara configuration application to experiment with different modules.

The head of Design at Google ATAP also appears in the video, and shows off the three different endoskeleton renders while stating that ATAP will not be covering the modules up with anything to show the modularity of the device. While I don’t personally agree with this, at least we’re seeing headway here.

What do you think of these new details? Do you think Ara could be hitting the market this year? Let us know down below in the comments.

Via: Phonebloks (YouTube)

 

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