Concepts of modular gadgets have become widely recognizable lately. The idea of such devices is to upgrade or replace the gadget’s parts individually according to user’s needs and preferences. Many related discussions have appeared on the Internet due to Phonebloks initiative by the Dutch designer Dave Hakkens and Project Ara, a modular smartphone developed by Google ATAP. Recently some other tech companies, mostly startups, also started to design and develop modular gadgets be it a smartphone, tablet or smartwatch.
One of such companies is MODR Inc., which has recently announced the design of a sleek modular case for smartphones that allows users to customize their mobile devices with various features and unlimited expansion options.
The company is based in Toronto, Canada. The development is done by two partners – Vladimir Ivanovski (electrical engineering and business) and Oliver Sandovski (industrial design and manufacturing). Marketing is done by a social media and sales team. Lets take a look at their innovative device.
The case, called MODR, has several slots on its back side. These slots are used to connect interchangeable modules to the case.
reModules provide the following functions:
– Micro SD reader expands memory by up to 64 Gb
– Micro-USB port connects game controllers, flash drives, external hard drives, etc.
– Quad LED flashlight module has 4 levels of illumination
– Camera flash assist module allows to take amazing photos in low light
MODR X-Port accessories provide the following functions:
– Bluetooth powered stereo speakers with a built-in battery pack can blast user’s favorite tunes and charge the phone at the same time
– Hi-capacity battery pack provides the extra 3000 mAh of power
– Pico projector projects the smartphone’s display. Built-in HDMI-in and 3.5mm-audio-out ports allow user to connect to any source.
According a recent press-release, MODR will be available for pre-order on May 11th via Indiegogo. The crowdfunding platform is used to accelerate initial production by financing the setup of production lines and to lower costs by purchasing components in bulk.
MODR will retail at $149 USD for the Power Pack including two reModules of the user’s choice, the 3500mAh battery accessory, and a wireless charge pad. As a crowdfunding perk, it will launch on Indiegogo for $129 for the same Power Pack. Alternatively, the Core Pack will retail for $79 ($69 on Indiegogo) and allow users to individually choose and purchase their favorite accessories. MODR is planned to be in stores in the third quarter of 2015.
With a fully funded crowdfunding campaign, MODR will be available for the Samsung Galaxy S4, S5 & S6, which are the most popular Android phones on the market right now. Stretch goals will allow MODR to be adapted for any other model of smartphone or tablet, including Android, Blackberry, Microsoft and Apple. Each additional device will be chosen by backers as the stretch goals are reached. Laptops such as the New MacBook will also be supported as higher stretch goals are achieved.
Update: MODR crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo went on from May 24, 2015 till June 23, 2015, and failed to reach the target of $70,000 (the campaign brought only $30,629).