Motorola, a Google company, is teaming with 3D printing giant 3D Systems to create a open source platform for smartphones. Use the hardware platform to build your custom phone then 3D print the case to contain it. This could have real possibilities, maybe even leading to devices not even thought of yet.
Led by Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines.