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The team behind Ara, a Tantalizing Glimpse into the Future via Video…

Project Ara is an example of a good idea with a life of its own. Drawing together talented people, absorbing entire companies in order to make the impossible possible. The dream of a completely customizable modular mobile phone is becoming a reality.

The latest video from Project Ara ‘The team behind Ara’ is light on technical detail but it does offer a glimpse into the future. Seen through the eyes of the team working behind the scenes on Ara.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the entirely cheesy meeting the team video. It may at times be hilarious but it does demonstrate that Google is putting its weight behind Ara. Sit back, relax and prepare to meet the Googlers who are bringing technology dreams to life.

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PhoneBloks Meets Project Ara, Does the Gadget Lovers Dream Phone Draw Near?…

A good idea is a good idea while an idea that occurs to many people simultaneously is a great idea. Falling into the latter category is PhoneBloks, an idea that most gadget lovers would have dreamed of already, a modular phone built from interchangeable blocks.

Dutch designer Dave Hakkens plans to change the way we think about our electronic companions. As with all gadget guru’s Dave is constantly wondering how to make his gadgets better, how to build the ultimate phone.

Helping to bring the dream one step closer the industry muscle of Motorola recently announced a partnership with PhoneBloks, a partnership that should help the Bloks materialize faster using Project Ara technology.

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B-Squares – Snap Together Gadgets…

B-Squares, a small gadget idea with big possibilities. Designed by MIT grads Jordan McRae and Shawn Frayne this is the kind of idea that feels kind of world changing. At it’s heart the B-Square system consists of a number of different types of building blocks – Squares – that can snap together to form different gadgets. Currently 6 Squares have been designed and prototyped, Solar, LED display, Battery (3 AAA), iPhone doc and a processor square called the Proto Square. A sound square is also in the works. Described as a 3D modular electronics system different Squares can are snapped together to form simple gadgets; iPhone solar charger, alarm clock, lamp, portable power. Truly brilliant though is the fact that as more Squares are developed and released new possibilities open up. The duo plans on releasing the Sound Square , an iPhone playback doc in the not so distant future.

All of the squares are a flat square panel with magnetic corners allowing the various squares to snap together. The magnet corners also do double duty as a point of contact for power and communications between the Squares, eliminating the need for plugs and connectors. The demonstration video on Kickstarter shows a solar array powering a large wall clock, charger arrays iPhone radio and many other ingenious combinations, its a must watch video.

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