Modular phones are certainly a popular idea right now, even if they’re currently failing to deliver on their promise. But there’s already a suggestion about what could happen to their parts when they’re no longer wanted: they could simply slide together to form a supercomputer.
In its small red brick headquarters, Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integration Systems (ISIS) is working on a revolution in smartphone technology. It’s not better screens, or battery life, or anything for a major carrier. It’s a puzzle-piece phone that will (hopefully) change the way the military communicates.
Google’s taking its Ara modular smartphone platform increasingly seriously. In this video, it lays bare some of the challenges it’s been facing — and how it’s overcoming them.