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Why Google Inc's Sale of Motorola Is Good News for Project Ara

By Steve Heller – Feb 7, 2014 at 7:59AM

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It could help take this innovative 3-D printing project to the next level.

Last week, Google (GOOGL 1.14%) entered into an agreement with Lenovo to sell the majority of its Motorola Mobility Division for $2.91 billion. Staying behind is Motorola's advanced technology and project group, which will become more deeply integrated with Google's Android team. This team is responsible for a modular smartphone concept known as Project Ara, which 3D Systems (DDD 2.98%) has been tasked with creating a "factory from the future" concept that uses multimaterial 3-D printing technology.

In the following video, 3-D printing analyst Steve Heller sits down with the head of Motley Fool's industrials team, Blake Bos, to talk about Project Ara and why this could be the boost it needs to become actual hardware. (The relevant video segment can be found between 15:42 and 18:43.)

Blake Bos has no position in any stocks mentioned. Steve Heller owns shares of 3D Systems and Google. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of 3D Systems and Google. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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