Byte: The most popular social media hints at coming up with a new ‘Modular Smartphone’. Facebook is working on a ‘modular electromechanical device‘ which will allow users to add different components onto to a device.
In a patent Application, Facebook reveals about ‘modular electromechanical device’ which incorporates a speaker, microphone, touch display, GPS, and function as a phone.
Millions of devices connected to a server could be loaded with different software based on components that are swapped out.
Facebook’s hardware lab ‘Building 8’ which is particularly focused on building the cutting-edge camera and machine learning technology is working on the project.
Google’s Project Ara intended to make a modular phone which comprises of different units on to the “frames”. A user swappable component could be any part of the phone, be it cameras, display, chipset or speakers can be upgraded without the need of purchasing a new device which would not only save money but ensure a longer product life cycle and reduce electronic waste.
The device with the use of ‘3D printing’ technology to function as a phone or a music speaker, as per the reports.
The team also includes people who have formerly worked with Apple and Motorola in the phones and tablet space and is also specifically building a team to sell products developed in the house.
These modules are attached to the chassis using an electromechanical function and hence the structure that Google called “frames” is called “modular electromechanical device” by Facebook.
If a device managed to bring the upgradable chipset and camera that will be a huge boost to Facebook.