Will the next Moto Mods come from these concepts displayed at Motorola's Hackathons? (VIDEO)



Motorola is always on the look out for the next hot-selling modular Moto Mod accessory for the Moto Z line. Among the current Moto Mods available are ones that add battery life, turn the phone into a projector, enhance the audio capabilities of a Moto Z handset and more. Unlike LG, whose attempt to produce a modular platform fell flat with the LG G5, Motorola has hit on a winning formula and plans on continuing to offer Moto Mods on future devices.

Of course, it will take the creation of new Moto Mods to keep the public engaged. To that end, Motorola recently held a couple of "Hackathons" (one in Buenos Aires and the other in San Francisco). Using the Mod Development Kit and help from Motorola, teams of developers were able to bring their Moto Mods to life and show them off to peers and Motorola executives. Some of the better concepts are being crowdfunded at Indiegogo at the "Transform the smartphone challenge."

Meanwhile, some of the best Moto Mod creations presented at the recent Hackathons include "Baby Care." This Moto Mod concept sends out an alert when a particular room has conditions that are not good for a baby. For example, you will be alerted if the temperature in a room is too hot or too cold for an infant to stay in. "Moto Color" is a concept Moto Mod for those who cannot distinguish between different colors. In one version, a sound is emitted from the Moto Mod when it sees the colors red, blue or green. Another version has the intensity of the sound increase depending on the color being examined.

A solar-powered battery charging Moto Mod concept was also among the top creations. The product can fully charge a battery to 100% in 10 hours. Another highly regarded Moto Mod concept turns a Moto Z into a glucometer allowing diabetics to test their blood sugar. And the ModCoholic Moto Mod concept turns the Moto Z into a breathalyzer. If you breathe into the device and the modular accessory detects that you are over the legal limit, it will give you the option to call a cab.

The next Hackathon takes place next month in Shenzhen, China. Teams producing the best concepts will be invited to show them off at Motorola's Chicago headquarters and will learn how to bring their concepts to the marketplace.

source: Motorola

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6 Comments

1. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Out of the mod concepts, I think the Breathalyzer has the most real world use. The Solar Powered battery pack sounds great and all but I can only imagine people leaving their phones in the sun on 90 degree days and overheating the battery.

5. gigicoaste

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

But I guess you know that actually you don't need to keep the panel right in the sun direction to charge..

6. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I know the panels don't need direct sunlight, but for maximum effect the direct sunlight is recommended. Which is why most solar panels face the direction of the sun.

2. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

...WOW! AM IMPRESSED. I REALLY WILL LIKE TO SEE THIS IN REAL LIFE PERFORMANCE...

3. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

How about a 360° microphone mod? Dual sim mod? External storage mod (full size sd and usb 3.1)? A secondary wifi connection with better antenna for sharing wifi/4g? A special camera made for scanning? An enterprise grade barcode scanner? A transducer speaker that is also a mount (attach phone on fridge or anything and turn it into a speaker)? Piezo charger (better than solar)? Extra sensors for driving/riding/flying HUD? Laser level? Laser pointer? Top mounted Cree led flashlight? Polaroid printer? Credit card reader? Receipt or label printer? Personal safety strobe/siren? Thermal camera? So many possibilities!

4. JcHnd

Posts: 285; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Actually the Projector with that USB port would be great... and maybe a free pointer in the package, the ultimate enterprise mod.

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