Project Ara is undoubtedly one of the more exciting advancements in mobile technology in the past years. It promises a full customisable device to fit anyone’s needs simply by swapping modules for different features. Something like getting a better camera, processor or maybe more RAM is just a module swap away. This means no more swapping your device to be at the cutting edge every year.
Being such an ambitious project, Project Ara is not without its challenges, one of which is a bootable prototype of the device. Until recently, this was the biggest challenge for the Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) at Google and the people behind PhoneBloks. However, PhoneBloks recently released a video showing a bootable Project Ara Prototype. What’s even more exciting is the prototype will be shown off at their upcoming Project Ara developer conference planned for 14th and 21st January 2015 depending on where you will be attending the conference. The 14th will see its main event in Mountain View with satellite events taking place in New York, Buenos Aires, and London at the Google Offices while the event on the 21st will be happening in Singapore with satellite events taking place in the Google offices in Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai.
In addition to this, it looks like Project Ara will not be falling behind in the health side of things either. Venture Beat reports that Paul Eremenko, head of Project Ara, recently demonstrated at Engadget Expand in New York City, a snap on pulse oximeter which allows the device to collect data on the oxygen saturation of the user’s blood. He also demonstrated the many features of Project Ara there including the hot swap feature which was engaged using an app which allowed the Modules to be ejected from their magnetic hold. Android Central also has exclusive pictures of the prototype showed off at the conference which you can view over on their post.