Usually, when you buy a phone, it comes pre-built in a particular case, or modified with special equipment to make it work better. But Motorola has begun work on a new phone that you can actually put together – like a connector set.

The company announced progress on the customizable hardware platform, where each of the components can be switched out depending on the user’s preferences. It would make repair a lot easier, for if one item breaks on the phone, they can simply replace that individual unit, rather than the whole phone.

The design is similar to that of a Phonebloks modular smartphone introduced by Dutch designer Dave Hakkens. He has actually come on board to help the project, dubbed Project Ara, come to life.

“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,” said Motorola in its latest blog post.

No word yet on when Project Ara will come to market, but more details could come in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Source: PSFK