NexPaq: A Modular Smartphone Case
Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, NexPaq is a modular phone case that enables users to add extra features to their existing smartphone.
Similar to the much-hyped modular phone, Motorola Project Ara, the design features physical modules that slide into the back of the case, each containing a different function which can be controlled in the accompanying app.
There are 12 modules available, including an amplified speaker, an air quality sensor, and an extra 64GB of memory. The Los Angeles-based team behind the device plans to add more components, along with encouraging developers to create their own modules.
The case also includes a built-in battery pack that provides an extra 30-60% power to both the phone and the case's components. It is being launched with versions for the iPhone 6 and selected Samsung models, promising to be the first modular technology that enables components to be swapped between iOS and Android operating systems.
As seen at the International CES trade show earlier this year, smartphones that appeal to a consumer's specific needs are increasingly popular. Modularity enables consumers to adapt their own devices by updating their hardware as easily as the software.
Modular technology is also becoming increasingly popular as concern grows over the amounts of e-waste that is created each year. See Ethical Electronics for more insight into brands rethinking our unsustainable relationship with technology.