Project Ara: Motorola And 3D Systems will 3D-print modular cell phones

3D printed modular cell phone.

Motorola announced last month a plan for a modular smartphone. Project Ara will be a simple way for users to individualize their phones, swapping out parts like the battery and camera until users have a phone that’s just for them. They plan on doing that with 3-D printing.



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The Battery-Powered Battery Charger

 The Battery-Powered Battery Charger

The P970 can be charged and then taken on the road as a second battery for gadgets with a USB input .

It sounds like a solution waiting for a problem, but Motorola’s P970 battery-powered battery recharger began shipping, four months after the curved, PEBL-like gagdet was announced at the Singapore-hosted CommunicAsia 2006 show. UPDATE (2009):  Motorola’s P970 was Zen-like in its simplicity – a rechargeable battery that recharged your cell phone’s battery via a mini USB port. Too bad it’s no longer on the Motorola Web site.

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