​This Customizable Modular Keyboard is Anything You Want It To Be

There are a lot of alternative keyboard options out there, but sometimes you need something really specific. Building your own is pretty tough. Students from Tokyo University are about to make it easier. » 3/11/15 8:30pm 3/11/15 8:30pm

Project Ara Hands-On: Google's Modular Smartphone Sure Is Modular

Don't Expect Google's Modular Ara Smartphone Anytime Soon

The "last phone you'll ever need to buy" won't be available for you to buy anytime soon. Google says that the super exciting Project Ara modular smartphone will launch in... Puerto Rico? » 1/14/15 12:05pm 1/14/15 12:05pm

You Can Rent This Modular Pocket PC For $200 a Year

Did you know that Chromebooks were originally supposed to be disposable computers? That didn't quite come to pass. But a new computer company called The Hive has a PC that you actually do trade in, year after year. » 1/09/15 7:51pm 1/09/15 7:51pm

This Modular Smartwatch Could Have As Many Days Of Battery As You Want

One of the biggest problems with powerful smartwatches is battery life. Who wants to charge their watch every night? But what if your watch was made of modular blocks and you could add as many batteries as you like? » 1/08/15 8:22pm 1/08/15 8:22pm

The latest Lego modular building feels like a perfect piece of old NYC

Each year Lego puts out an exclusive modular building and they are always pretty special. In January of 2015, Detective's Office (10246) hits the shelves. Pricing is set at $159.99 for this 2,262 piece kit that measures over 10" high and is packed full of awesome play and gorgeous design. » 11/21/14 10:11am 11/21/14 10:11am

Project Ara Has a New Modular Phone Rival

Google's increasingly compelling Project Ara modular smartphone has a contender. Startup Vsenn, co-founded by a former program manager of the Nokia's short-lived Android-based Nokia X initiative, aims to give it a run for its money—and focus on privacy. » 11/07/14 7:39am 11/07/14 7:39am

The Lego Micropolis standard and why you should build in it

Collaborating on huge builds for a display or convention is one of the hardest things that we AFOL can do; Making time for meetings virtually or in person is difficult. The modular building scale did wonders in the Lego convention world because everything was built to a standard. The Micropolis standard does the… » 10/29/14 9:13am 10/29/14 9:13am

Inside the Engineering Challenges of Google's Modular Ara Phone

Google's taking its Ara modular smartphone platform increasingly seriously, and in this video it lays bare some of the challenges it's been facing—and how it's overcoming them. » 4/04/14 4:38am 4/04/14 4:38am

Google Wants Its Modular Ara Phone to Cost $50

Google is taking its Ara modular smartphone platform increasingly seriously, and now in interviews with Time it has revealed that it aims to sell a simple version of the phone for as little as $50. » 2/27/14 4:20am 2/27/14 4:20am

These Cabinets Hide an Incredible Stealth Kitchen

When you live in a closet-sized city apartment, it's no fun to cook in a teeny, tiny cramped kitchen. But a kitchen completely hidden behind lovely wood cabinets when not in use? That's kind of ingenious. » 2/25/14 4:20pm 2/25/14 4:20pm

An Ecuadorian Home Made From 900 Lego-Like Blocks

Modular construction is as old as settled civilization and as ubiquitous as Lego, but it's less than common to see an architect literally reinventing the brick, as Jose María Sáez and David Barragán have. The pair of Ecuadorian architects are the subject of a recent profile in Dwell, where they discuss how they built… » 4/18/13 12:00pm 4/18/13 12:00pm

Modular iMobot Will Search, Rescue and—Damn It All—Dance

If it's ever deployed as a rescuer, as designed, the iMobot will undoubtedly save lives and be everyone's favorite evening news robo hero. But I think the iMobot's moonlighting career as a breakdancer is where it will truly shine. » 3/27/11 3:00pm 3/27/11 3:00pm

Can a PC Be Upgraded Forever?

This little aluminum computer has one big goal: To be the last PC you will ever need. That's what the manufacturer claims—"The Xi3 Modular's three boards will allow you to upgrade it forever." Maybe. I just like the color. » 11/11/10 11:00am 11/11/10 11:00am

The Modi Is Like a Million Sofas In One

The Modi sofa is one of the more interesting stabs at modular furniture design I've seen in recent years. By altering the cushion configuration, you can basically create any type of seating you desire. » 8/24/09 5:40pm 8/24/09 5:40pm

Rumor: Modu Phone and Its Many Jackets Finally Headed to Production

Modu, the modular cellphone jacket system we fondled in 2008 and whose release date we heard about briefly in February, is apparently ready for production. » 7/12/09 11:00am 7/12/09 11:00am

NASA's Next-Gen Space Duds: The Constellation Space Suit System

The Constellation Space Suit System (CSSS) is NASA's first major redesign to the iconic space suit in 40 years, and it looks like it's designed to be able to handle the next 40. » 5/07/09 2:20am 5/07/09 2:20am

Modu's Modular Cellphone Jacket System Coming In Q2

Last year, Modu teased us with their plans for a cellphone that could be inserted into other gadgets ("jackets") in order to change and personalize its function. Today those plans have been fully unveiled. » 2/11/09 12:58pm 2/11/09 12:58pm