A bigger launch is expected by September 2015 as the search giant still needs to work through some hurdles, including the high power consumption or module connectivity. For the test in Puerto Rico, Google expects to have 20-30 modules ready plus a configurator app to streamline the customization process.
Google demoed its latest "Spiral 2" prototype at the conference. It sounds like the device is mostly functional, but the journalists who got hands-on time didn't really get a chance to use the thing. Engadget reports that the prototype has two modules up front, plus eight in the back. Processor options include Marvell's PXA1928 and Nvidia's Tegra K1.
Communicating with the various modules apparently requires a fair bit of power. Google attributes 20% of the prototype's battery drain to keeping module connectivity alive, a figure that will hopefully drop with the next Spiral 3 iteration. That upcoming prototype will have a custom Rockchip SoC with native UniPro support for module links.