An upgradeable smartphone, camera, storage, processor, and all? Surely, indeed it is possible. A couple months back, Motorola unveiled the Ara project, which would take a base smartphone design and configuration, and then allow the user to upgrade the device as seen fit, most likely in order to keep it on par with newer handsets.
So, Motorola partnered with 3D Systems, and together are building what Motorola calls “the factory of the future,” to complete an end-to-end fabrication process for ‘Project Ara.’ Moto is tasking 3D System with “multi-material printing capabilities including conductive and functional materials” to build these modules, such as the chassis, battery, etc., and help it eventually launch the ‘Ara’ phones.
However, the whole deal is off if 3D Systems cannot prove to Motorola if its young manufacturing process, actually works. Thus, the bets are high, and the payouts even higher.
Via: 3D Systems