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Modular Phones Invented before Google's Project Ara

  • Bug Labs (2008)
    • A white, smartphone-sized base onto which cameras and LCDs can be attached interchangeably. For some reason they didn’t use the terminology “phone” upfront. They keep describing it as a gadget builder.
  • Modu mobile phone (2009)
    • Of course this concept is a little different in execution than Google’s phone. However it has all the same features. instead of moving around the components on to a core piece of “phone”, with the Modu mobile phone, it’s the core that moves around into different shells of components.
  • Lobster (2007)
    • This may be the only one that’s actually sexy enough to be sold today. The lobster is a modular phone that connects by stacking one piece on top of another.