Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) has announced another project coming from its skunkworks lab around Project Ara. The company said it will be releasing the developer edition in Q4 2016 and it’s already working on a consumer version that’s scheduled to be released next year.
“Ara has made so much progress this year, it’s actually spun out into a new business unit run by Richard Wooldridge [the chief operating officer of ATAP],” Google shared. “We’ve implemented a new set of technologies to create a seamless experience. Most importantly we put it where it counts.”
Created by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, who has since departed for Facebook, ATAP specializes in projects that could be developed within two years, which is a much shorter time from Google’s other innovative program X that focuses on moonshots. In previous years, the company has shared details around some of the things it’s been working on, including around its wearable technology effort Project Jacquard, touch-sensitive textiles Project Soli, and Project Vault, which specializes in encrypting a microSD memory card.
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