CES 2018: Motorola announces QWERTY keyboard Mod, Vital Mod for Moto Z lineup

The QWERTY Mod is the winner of 'Transform Your Smartphone Challenge' on Indiegogo.

  • Published: January 11, 2018 10:07 AM IST
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Motorola’s snap-on mods for its semi-modular smartphones are fun. You can put a cover that boosts the battery life of the smartphone, add an instant printer for Polaroid shots, or put a layer of professional camera prowess to the regular smartphone. At the ongoing CES 2018, Lenovo-backed Motorola added two new mods to its lineup for the Moto Z smartphones. These include a slider QWERTY keyboard (BlackBerry fans, rejoice), and a monitor that tracks heart rate, blood pressure, and more.

The two new mods are a result of an Indiegogo challenge by Motorola that invited developers to create functional and innovative mods for the Moto Z family. Under the ‘Transform the Smartphone Challenge’, Motorola, Lenovo and Verizon teamed up with Indiegogo to give developers the chance to create new Moto Mods. As of now, the Livermorium Keyboard Mod: A Physical Keyboard For The Moto Z has received more than full funding. Lenovo announced the Vital Mod at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018).

The Livermorium Slide Keyboard Moto Mod is the winner of Indiegogo challenge and gives the touchscreen phone a full QWERTY slider that lets you tilt the Moto Z screen up to 60 degrees for easy typing. The mod is expected to start shipping from February at a price of $99 (approximately Rs 6,000), IndiaToday reports.

Lenovo Vital Mod features sensor technology that allows you to track five vital signs including heart rate, respiratory rate, Pulse Ox, core body temperature, and accurate systolic and diastolic blood pressure from your finger. It is priced at a whopping $395 (approximately Rs 25,000), and is expected to go on sale in the US in April.

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  • Published Date: January 11, 2018 10:07 AM IST