Motorola, Lenovo and Verizon are partnering with Indiegogo to engage and inspire developers to make modules (aka Moto Mods) for Moto Z smartphone, that customers are desperately waiting for. The possibilities are practically limitless, from infrared cameras, e-ink displays, game controllers and printers to metal detectors, inventory tag readers, blood pressure monitors and even air pollution sensors.
Until January 31, 2017, anyone can join in the contest, submit module ideas for a chance to win an MDK (development kit) and Moto Z ($1,000 value). Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges among industry leaders. Winners will be awarded a trip to Chicago, where they will meet with Moto Mods executive development team and discuss how to bring ideas to life.
Additionally, two Moto Mods hackathons will be held in the U.S. The first hackathon will take place in New York in December, the second one in San Francisco in January. To take part in the events, developers should register on modthefuture.com
Up to $1,000,000 has earmarked by Lenovo Capital for promoting the best Moto Mod ideas.
“We are investing in the future of the Moto Mods ecosystem and we want to empower developers to dream, build and fund their own Moto Mods,” Motorola wrote on company’s officila blog. “Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing new opportunities to help developers get involved.”
So far modular smartphones Moto Z, Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play support the following hot-swappable modules, which snap onto the back of the smartphone with the help of magnets: Power Pack battery Mod, JBL SoundBoost speaker Mod, Insta-Share Projector Mod, Hasselblad True Zoom camera Mod.