DIY Your Own Perfect Phone: Project Ara

With new phones coming out constantly, but often with only minor changes from one year to the next, smartphones would seem like a great choice to be modular. However, being able to simply snap on a new camera, or a faster chip, seems like an unachievable dream due to the small size of the devices... but is it really all that impossible? Project Ara does not seem to think so.

Project Ara, born from Phonebloks and yes, still a part of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, aims to make a modular smartphone that is not only nicer to the planet, but also much kinder to your wallet, with Time reporting that the phone could sell for as little as $50. Equal parts creative canvas and pure nerdy fun, Ara could be just the smartphone the DIY lover needs.

What remains to be seen is if there will be enough appeal in the concept, and if consumers are really ready for a modular smartphone. Do people really want to add in their own camera to their phone? The first developer conference for Ara is a little over a month away, and while we're interested to hear about what comes out of it, the news probably won't go very far in letting us know if this phone will be right for our friends and family.

What do you think about Project Ara? Would you go the modular smartphone route?

(Image credits: Google ATAP)