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Google showed off their Project Ara, a modular phone concept, to the masses about a year ago. Then we waited and kinda forgot about it. Now, after much tinkering, the phone that allows you to swap out components is here. Almost. Shown off in what should be close to its final form, Ara is set to ship to developers this fall. The frame of the unique, Mondrian-looking smartphone contains six flexible slots so users can swap in the items they need. Going to be away from a charge for a while? Pop in a bigger battery. Out shooting pictures? Add a high-res camera to your rig. It’s the phone you can customize on the fly. Google is aiming to have this phone in your hand by next year, so stay tuned.

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[Shop]  Just like the stash boxes that lined your father’s workbench back in the day, these metal vessels are ideal for all sorts of loose necessities. The two cases—the smaller one is nestled inside the larger one—are both made of durable stamped steel and offer simple, attractive storage for EDC gear, loose nuts and bolts, or anything you’d normally toss in your kitchen junk drawer. Each set is made in Italy and comes in a stealth color exclusive to Cool Material. For all the valuable knickknacks strewn around the house or tossed haphazardly on your workbench, these boxes are ready to placate your inner organizational fiend.