Nexpaq, a popular Hong-Kong startup and developer of modular cases for smartphones, successfully raised almost $280,000 on Kickstarter at the end of May. This is a real success, because the original goal was only $50,000. After Kickstarter campaign the company has continued to spread the word about their device, develop and implement new ideas, and host online conferences for those who are interested in modular cases for smartphone.
At the most recent conference Nexpaq team members shared insights about their product, revealed information about live event for developers, which will take place in the near future, and presented a developer kit to help anyone to build their own modules for Nexpaq case.
There is a great news for everyone who missed Nexpaq Kickstarter campaign. Everything available on Kickstarter, can now be purchased on Nexpaq web-shop. In the upcoming months Nexpaq is going to release more modules and cases, and might provide some new models of cases as well (possibly for HTC or Nexus).
Also, many customers were interested if there would be cases for phone models other than Apple or Samsung. Alexander Murawski, co-founder of Nexpaq, said they wouldn’t restrict production to just a few phone models. The Nexpaq technology works on any iOS or Android phone. So anyone, with a phone different from Samsung or iPhone, can visit Nexpaq website and vote for their phone. If enough people get interested, and the phone receives a good deal of votes, the new case will be available for preorder. And if it gathers numerous preoders, it will be manufactured and distributed.
Alexander Murawski also said that the success of the Nexpaq was not only the case itself, but the ability given to other developers to come up with their own modules. Nexpaq is actively building a community of developers. On August 21-23, 2015 they will host the first live event for developers, called Hackathon, in Melbourne, Australia.
At the Hackathon event the Nexpaq team will demonstrate 20 modules, which the team is working on right now:
– IR Remote control
– 4 button gamepad
– Air quality sensor
– Distance measurement
– Air pressure sensor
– Barcode reader
– Wifi signal booster
– Standard USB Port – Optical mouse & joysticks
– Electrostatic module for dusting
– Electrostatic load testing
– Geiger counter
– HDMI (external) plug module
– Heavy metal sensors (water contamination)
– Humidity / moisture
– Light Spectrum Analyser
– Noise Spectrum Analyser
– Radio Frequency Receiver
– UV Dosimeter
– Windspeed sensor
– Fingerprint scanner
– Altitude sensor
Nexpaq also provides developer kits for developers to build their own modules. The developer kit contains exactly the same electronics that can be found in Nexpaq cases (be it Android or iOS phone case), and allows to develop any kind of module. Everyone can get such developer kit with documentation from Nexpaq.