Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Ara - Building the Modular Phone, DARPA Style

When Phonebloks first came out on Kickstarter, it was a really cool idea, make a phone that is constantly upgradeable. The idea was great, and caught a lot of attention, including Google which eventually bought the project and continued working on it even after selling off Motorola.

The concept is fairly simple, but a lot harder to execute due to many factors such as size, design, compatibility, convincing companies to start making products for such a concept etc.

While Steve Job's believe is that if you want to make something good, you do everything in house from the UI to the design, Ara goes around the other route, putting the design and specs in the hands of third party manufacturers (eventually) to produce different types of components. While I agree with Steve seeing how Apple has become so successful following this mantra, it's interesting to see if Ara will be able to break the mold once again...and since this is targeting at a much lower end market as well, it already looks a lot more decent than the half past six products you get out there in the low end smartphone range. At the current design stage though I can't say I'm liking what I see, but it's definitely better than what...a Galaxy Ace?

Cool stuff, let's see what the ex-DARPA team can come up with in the next 365 days.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Krav Singles

Did another round of KM today, lots to be learnt, pretty fun getting kicked around especially in all that protection, one of the more cardio-demanding lessons I've taken part in so far.

Thanks Calvin for the photos!

Fish Curry Rice

Not the healthiest, but when in Clementi, one does not simply skip the fish curry queue.


Sunday, April 13, 2014