Moto Mods are interchangeable gadgets you can slap on the back of a Moto Z smartphone to add functionality. Motorola currently sells Mods that extend battery life, add speakers or a projector, or bring better camera features to the phone.
But the company is also inviting others to developer their own Moto Mods. Some will come from big companies. Others may come from individual hardware hackers with an idea.
To that end, the company recently held its first “Mod the Future Hackathon,”vin New York where people tried to put together concepts for new Moto Mods. Eventually some may become real products.
Motorola is holding another hackathon in San Francisco next month, and winners from both will get prizes including a chance to pitch Motorola on their concept.
The three winning concepts from the New York event were:
- Advanced Audio Mod with a digital-to-analog converter for high-definition audio ports
- Sidepad with physical gaming buttons
- Bella beauty companion that uses real-time data from your skin and environment to provide beauty tips
There’s no guarantee that any of these specific products will ever make it to market. But if there’s enough demand… and if the hackers get enough backing for their concepts to turn them into real products, it could certainly happen. Motorola definitely seems to be invested in the whole Moto Mods concept and plans to include support for Mods in its next-gen smartphones in 2017.