Earlier this year Google sold off Motorola to Lenovo. What some people didn't know is that Google retained one secret division at Motorola called the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group that is headed by Regina Dugan, the former director of the U.S. Defense Department's fabled Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) which developed the Internet, satelite navigation and stealth fighters. We covered Regina Dugan in a report earlier this year regarding Motorola's electric Skin Tattoo project. Google's ATAP group introduced a new project back in October 2013 which has only recently come to light. It's Project Ara which is an initiative that aims to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. The platform will include a structural frame that holds smartphone modules of the owner's choice, such as a display, keyboard, extra battery or larger camera. It has the potential of revolutionizing the smartphone as we know it. The question becomes: Will this geeky concept actually turn into the new social chic? We'll know soon enough because it's being targeted for public release next year.