Recently we shared news about the concept of modular case for smartphones, MODR. Guys developing this gadget are going to launch Indiegogo campaign on May 11th. However, mobile phones users can already pre-order another modular case, Nexpaq, on Kickstarter.
Nexpaq, Inc. is a Los Angeles, CA based startup created by four technology and marketing experts: Hubertus Wasmer, Frank Filser, Alexander Murawski, Jon Parry-Jones. In 2013 they created the concept of a case that lets one easily customize, enhance, and add features to a smartphone by adding and removing physical “modules” (add-on memory, battery capacity, an amplified speaker, air quality sensor, LED flashlight, laser pointer, etc.) directly from the back of the case. The same year the first working prototype was produced. In 2014-2015 the team developed prototypes of the case for Samsung Galaxy and iPhone, as well as the first 12 modules.
The Nexpaq case clips to the back of a phone and contains slots for six modules. Modules are inserted into the slots and are controlled through the app installed on the smartphone. Modules can be swapped between Android and iOS devices, which means that users can collect and share modules with other Nexpaq users regardless of their operating system. Nexpaq connects via Bluetooth and via Lightning with iPhone and Micro USB with Android smartphone.
Nexpaq can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter. Presently Nexpaq is only compatible with iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Samsung Galaxy S5 but if the Kickstarter campaign is successful, we may expect modular cases for other versions of smartphones. Orders are expected to be delivered by the end of 2015 – beginning 2016. Early backers on Kickstarter can get the Nexpaq case and four modules for $89 (standard price for the same bundle is $109). Additional modules cost between $14 and $29: laser pointer – $14, hotkeys – $14, battery power – $14, SD-card reader – $14, LED flashlight – $14, breathalyzer – $19, amplified speaker – $19, temperature and humidity sensor – $19, air quality sensor – $24, backup module (32 Gb) – $29, USB flash – $29, dummy module – $3.
Update: Nexpaq crowdfunding campaign at Kickstarter went on from April 29, 2015 till May 30, 2015, and successfully exceeded the target of $50,000 by collecting $279,758.