Module Developers Kit (MDK) for Project Ara gets released by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. With this release, developers get a better picture of all the possibilities that Project Ara can offer.
For those who are not aware, Project Ara is basically a concept of building a customized smartphone with modular components with the user deciding which components he/she would want. User gets to choose what feature he/she want to upgrade in his/her smartphone without buy a new smartphone.
The ATAP describes Ara as:
The Ara platform consists of an on-device packet-switched data network based on the MIPI UniPro protocol stack, a flexible power bus, and an elegant industrial design that mechanically unites the modules with an endoskeleton. Ara’s success is predicated on a rich, vibrant, and diverse ecosystem of modules from a myriad of developers. Users would be able to select modules from an online marketplace using a configurator that facilitates user choice and curates the configuration process to ensure that the selection of modules provides the expected system-level functionality.
The hardware features endoskeleton, which is basically a single board which will hold all the components of the phone together. The Project Ara smartphone will come in three different sizes: a mini, medium and large. The EPMs (Electro-Permanent Magnets) which keeps the modules of the Ara phone in place will have “two selectable states: the attach state and release state, corresponding to high and low levels of magnetic force.”
To download MDK of Project Ara, visit Official site of Project Ara.