Inspired by a successful Nexpaq campaign on Kickstarter (modular case for smartphone has successfully raised almost $280,000) we created a list of other modular devices which were introduced to public via crowdfunding websites.
1. MODR – another modular case (Indiegogo)
MODR is a modular case for mobile users who want to realize the potential of their smartphones. The design of this case has been recently announced by Vladimir Ivanovski and Oliver Sandovski, the two partners and founders of MODR Inc.
The case allows users to customize their mobile devices with various features and unlimited expansion options (micro-SD reader, LED flashlight, camera flash assist, customizable NFC button, solar battery, Bluetooth powered stereo speakers, projector, etc.). It has several slots on its back side. These slots are used to connect interchangeable modules to the case.
Background: MODR Inc is based in Toronto, Canada. The development is carried out by two partners – Vladimir Ivanovski (electrical engineering and business) and Oliver Sandovski (industrial design and manufacturing). Marketing is done via social media and by sales team.
MODR Indiegogo campaign ends on June 23, 2015
Funding goal: $70,000
Funds rised so far: $30,291
2. Soundscapes – modular headphones by AXEL (Kickstarter)
A team of songwriters, artists and builders gathered in New York to set up a company Axel Audio. They say that their headphones, named Soundscapes, are about quality and subjectiveness of sound. These headphones personalize the listening experience through both sound and design elements that are defined by user.
While all AXEL headphones share the same exterior design, the difference between each Soundscape comes down to inner engineering. Based on listening preferences, a user can choose a Soundscape that will reproduce his favorite type of music with the best possible sound. Currently, there are three Soundscapes – Deep, Pure, and Core. Deep Soundscape drives rhythmic patterns with reverberating lows to the fullest, most immediate experience (best for hip-hop, dance, and electronic genres). Pure Soundscape provides an extremely refined and open sound that unveils all details (best for ambient, jazz, classical, and folk genres). Core Soundscape provides the most dynamic sound, with smooth textures and an especially sweet mid-range (best for contemporary, pop, and rock genres).
Along with sound, you can choose the look. AXEL provides a lot of options for design customization of Soundscapes.
Soundscapes Kickstarter campaign ended on June 2, 2015
Funding goal: $200,000
Funds rised: $201,169
3. Kien – flexible sound system (Indiegogo)
Kien is a modular, multi-room sound system, giving Hi-Fi sound wherever you go. The audio system consists of subwoofer and multiple portable satellite speakers that are free of any wire or cabling, so they allow to set up any system you want, anywhere. The speakers are small enough to be carried around, but they are big enough to provide an amazing sound.
The Kien system is easy to use. When user relocates the speakers, the system automatically knows what to do. With patent-pending technology, the system is constantly aware of the speakers’ locations, so it knows which one should play the Left or Right part of your audio. Or even Front and Rear in surround sound.
Kien is compatible with Bluetooth, WiFi, ethernet, and can be used with all platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
Background: The team behind Kien consists of several hardware/software specialists and one designer, who have been working on kien for over a year now. They have perfected Kien’s design, mastered its acoustics, written code for their patent-pending technology, built relationships with manufacturers, and expect to start delivering gadgets by the end of Q1 2016.
Kien Indiegogo campaign ends on June 17, 2015
Funding goal: $50,000
Funds rised: $83,711
4. MOSS – modular robot construction system (Kickstarter)
This system was designed, prototyped and engineered by Modular Robotics. Building robots with MOSS is incredibly fun and easy thanks to an intuitive, magnetic construction system.
MOSS Kickstarter campaign ended on December 11, 2013
Funding goal: $100,000
Funds rised: $361,294
5. Modulo – a simple, modular solution for building electronics (Kickstarter)
Building electronics is fun, but sometimes it may be pretty challenging. Modulo is a set of tiny modular circuit boards that helps create custom electronics without having to design and assemble circuits from scratch. Modulo helps to snap electronic components together without complex wiring or soldering.
The power and flexibility of this device comes from its interchangeable smart modules. Each Modulo has its own little processor to handle its operation and communicate with the controller. This vastly simplifies the process of building and programming devices, since the user has only to deal with high level concepts (i.e., Get Temperature or Set Motor Speed) not I/O pin mappings, wiring, data sheets, and registers.
Background: Modulo Labs LLC was founded by Erin Tomson. Erin has been working with electronics since she was a kid, starting with basic kits and radio shack tutorials in primary and middle schools, then PC-controlled robots in high school, and electronic art in college. A love for software and computer graphics took her to Pixar after college, where she worked as a Technical Director and Lead Engineer for over 12 years. Recently she left Pixar to focus again on physical computing.
Modulo Kickstarter campaign ended on June 2, 2015
Funding goal: $50,000
Funds rised: $51,104
6. Baendit – modular and bendable sunglasses (Indiegogo)
A Hong Kong startup Baendit was founded in 2014. The company designs and produces the next-generation eyewear.
One of the two main features of Baendit glasses is that user may adapt them to his lifestyle: wear them loose and comfortable while walking or hiking, or press Baendit tight to the face and be ready for kite surfing or beach volley action. Other feature is modularity: all Baendit pieces are interchangeable. Users can swap colors, mix and match, borrow or trade to create perfect pair of sunglasses. A special 4 and 8 pin handmade alloy attachment, coated with a silicon layer, assures ultra tight and strong fit of the temples and bridge pieces inside the carved and reinforced eye frame.
Baendit Indiegogo campaign ended on February 10, 2015
Funding goal: $20,500
Funds rised: $21,931
7. Stand-By – modular travel bag system (Kickstarter)
Stand-by is a versatile, durable, modular bag that adapts to any user’s needs. According to Kickstarter campaign:
We wanted to design a sort of “opensource” bag that allows travelers to pack the way they want. The interior compartments that make up the Stand-by do not contain any permanent pockets. Instead, we have provided the option of a removable organizer that can be added to either bag, or it can be forgone altogether to create additional freedom in packing. We have also included optional “stuff-sacks” that can be easily attached for more initial packing room or left empty and added on further into the trip to accommodate new items such as new clothes, souvenirs etc.
Stand-By Kickstarter campaign ended on May 31, 2015
Funding goal: $7,000
Funds rised: $7,960
8. TEKNIQ – modular camera bag (Kickstarter)
The key feature of the TEKNIQ camera bag is that it is truly modular. With the ability to easily transition from a backpack to a sling bag to a messenger bag you will always have exactly what you need. Nothing more, nothing less.
The TEKNIQ camera bag has a simple and smart design. It is made up of two bags, a small bag and a medium sized bag. Two bags are included with the kit – a small messenger bag and a medium-sized bag. The two bags can then be zipped together to create a large travel bag when needed. The hide-away buckles give user the ability to make any kind of bag: sling bag, messenger bag, or shoulder bag.
Background: A new startup TEKNIQ Photo launched its first camera bag in April of 2015 on Kickstarter. Moving forward, the company plans to create more great products in the photography industry.
TEKNIQ Kickstarter campaign ends on June 27, 2015
Funding goal: $50,000
Funds rised: $63,682
9. BUILD – modular furniture (Indiegogo)
BUILD is a modular shelving system that allows user to design his own composition. Lightweight, flexible, stylish and functional.
A single modular element is the essence of this lightweight shelving and an endless variety of configurations and forms can be constructed by using it. As shelving or partition, freestanding or mounted on the wall, BUILD adapts to user’s needs.
Background: BUILD is designed by Movisi, a German furniture manufacturer based in Stuttgart. Movisi manufactures modular furniture which is light and flexible: modular shelving, modular seating and flexible partition systems and room dividers for modern offices, workspaces, trade fairs, events and other environments where flexible or temporary solutions are needed.
BUILD Indiegogo campaign ended on August 16, 2013
Funding goal: $100,000
Funds rised: $109,365