A look inside the new development kit for Project Ara


Ara Module parts

Ara Module parts

Google has released the second version of Module Developers Kit (MDK 0.2) that provides all details about how best to create a Project Ara module. The new version contains many hardware and software upgrades.

The new development kit is an international development effort, created in collaboration with many companies such as NK Labs, LeafLabs, New Deal Design, Metamorph Software, X5 Systems, Toshiba, Mixel, Quanta, Opersys, Linux Solutions, Linaro, BayLibre, NewOldBits, Oxford Systems, Foxconn and IDT Systems.

The new MDK brings all the improvements of the Spiral 2 prototype, such as the Toshiba custom chip. The Ara team has developed a new contactless connection system between modules and Endoskeleton to save space, cost and to improve durability.

Contactless data MDK 0.2

Contactless data MDK 0.2

The development team also introduced a new software protocol called “Greybus”, which handles the communications between the Endo and the modules. The Ara users will manage the functioning of the modules with the Ara Manager app that will be introduced in future updates. This app will provide users all the detailed information on the modules attached to their device and will allow to swap them when they want.

This MDK provides an overview of the new Ara Module Marketplace, an e-commerce portal that enables a two-sided market between module developers and consumers. Google will help module manufacturers in the sale, in the payment processing and will verify if the modules are safe and respect all the technical specifications. A third party logistic provider will manage the storage, the shipping and all trade issues.

 

The  original article was posted on the blog of Phonebloks.

 

 

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