Motorola Partners with 3D Systems for Project Ara Component Manufacturing

We first broke the news on Motorola’s ambitious Project Ara a little under a month ago. Not too long afterward, we gave it a special place in our forum. This is a place where potential module developers can talk about the Module Developer’s Kit (MDK) and building add-ons for the platform, as well as discuss the viability of Project Ara as a whole. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard much about the project since then.

Now, Motorola has taken the first steps in bringing Ara to life by partnering with 3D printing manufacturer 3D Systems. The company’s President and CEO Avi Reichental believes that the technology is particularly suited for the task:

Project Ara was conceived to build a platform that empowers consumers all over the world with customization for a product made by and for the individual. 3D printing promotes a level of sustainability, functionality, and mass personalization that turns these kinds of global ambitions into attainable local realities. Project Ara combines two exponential technologies, and we expect that the resulting high-throughput advanced manufacturing platform will have far reaching implications on the entire digital thread that stitches together the factory of the future.

Head over to the source link to read the full press release, and don’t forget to head over to the Project Ara forums to share your ideas for modules and get in on the discussion. Are you excited for Ara? Do you think this will actually come to fruition one day? Let us know in the comments below!

[Source: 3D Systems Press Release | Via The Verge]

XDA to be at Big Android BBQ 2013

What started out as an enthusiast meetup has turned into the largest community-driven event in just its 4th year, and the Big Android BBQ is just around the corner. XDA has been a proud sponsor of the BABBQ in the past, and this year is no different. We’ll have a wonderful booth filled with moderators and developers from the XDA community as well as attendees anxious to discuss the latest Android-related news. XDA will also be sponsoring two talks by Elite Recognized Developer’s Dees_Troy (TWRP lead developer) and XpLoDWilD (Focal developer and highly involved Android platform and application developer), but more on that later.

With companies like Sony Mobile, HTC, Swappa, and Oppo sponsoring; it’s slated to be an exciting time. Here are just a few things that are in store for those attending the BABBQ this year:

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet for the event on Oct 10-12, make sure you do so via this link. And for those who have, make sure to stop in at the XDA booth and say hello!

How to Root the HTC Desire HD

In today’s episode of XDA TV, Sam takes you through the steps required to S-OFF, root, and flash a custom ROM on your Desire HD, as quickly and simply as he possibly can. Click on to check out the video, plus specific steps if you prefer the text. (more…)