In a collaboration with health-technology design firm Lapka, Google is working on a concept product line for their cool new modular smartphone, Project Ara.
With this collaboration, Ara and Lapka play into the current trend of becoming more in control of our life, health and immediate surroundings with help from that one gadget we always carry around; our phone.
The modular phone (inspired by Phonebloks) helps as an environmental monitoring and Self-quant eco-system that provides life-enhancing information, detecting air quality, CO2, blood glucose, light, and your heartbeat, all in your hand.
This feeling has a mental and physical effect. The thought and feeling of a personal piece of technology that is attuned to our emotional needs, works reassuring and are gives a positive perception of how we live our lives.
Also, concepts like Project Ara feel like an important step toward truly customizable devices, as components such as the camera, battery, processor, etc. can be individually removed through a module replacement technique, without the need to change the whole phone when something is broken.
We’re heading toward the modularity sooner or later, and the push of companies like Google will only help us arrive there faster. It looks like a bright future for consumer electronics, after all, if we’re already using our devices to define who we are, shouldn’t we have some input in defining our devices?
Filled with cool and useful medical tech, this modular phone will definitely add to our quality of life.