Thursday, April 10, 2014

Google Project Ara Modular Phone Developer conferences

We may get some interesting news from one of these.


Project Ara Module Development Kit  -- if anyone who looks here knows how well MVIS's PicoP fits here, I'd be really interested to get your opinion.

Structure and Features (Module Sizes)

Modules can provide common smartphone features, such as cameras and speakers, but can also provide more specialized features, such as medical devices, receipt printers, laser pointers, pico projectors, night vision sensors, or game controller buttons. Each slot on the frame will accept any module of the correct size. The front slots are of various heights and take up the whole width of the frame.[7] The rear slots come in standard sizes of 1x1, 1x2 and 2x2.[7] Modules can be hot-swapped without turning the phone off.[6] The frame also includes a small backup battery so the main battery can be swapped.[6] Modules are secured with electropermanent magnets. The enclosures of the modules are 3D-printed, so customers can design their own individual enclosures and replace them as they wish.[6][5] --- FROM WIKIPEDIA

  • According to the sizes listed here, the Sony Module using PicoP appears to be an excellent fit as a Project Ara module.


Google's Project Ara modular smartphone gets a trio of dev conferences

Google's got plenty of moonshots brewing in its Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP), but one of the most intriguing is its modular smartphone design, called Project Ara. Because Ara's a platform designed to lets users swap out hardware (processors, cameras, or sensors) on the phone, it presents unique opportunities for developers to build different kinds of modules and the software needed to make them all work. That's why ATAP's going to be doing three developers' conferences this year, with the first one set to happen April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
Folks that want to attend, but are outside striking distance of the Bay Area need not fret, however, as there will be a live webcast and interactive Q&A sessions of the conference, too. This initial event will focus on building the modules themselves, as Google will be making an alpha version of its Module Developers' Kit available at the beginning of April. We don't know what the other two conferences will be about (though software development for Ara seems a good bet), but more info and the conference agenda can be found at in the coming weeks.

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