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Moto Mods ready for third year, includes SideKick-like attachment

by Justin Herrick | January 10, 2018January 10, 2018 12:00 pm PST

Motorola doesn’t plan on ditching Moto Mods in the near future. A duo of new accessories were announced at CES 2018, and both of them are definitely of the adventurous variety everyone expected when the ecosystem debuted almost two years ago. The latest Moto Mods include a physical keyboard attachment reminding us of the mobile industry’s past and a tool to monitor an individual’s vital signs.

Here’s what the new Moto Mods are all about.

Anyone who likes throwbacks will really appreciate the Livermorium Keyboard. As the name suggests, attaching this Moto Mod to your Moto Z or Moto Z2 unlocks access to a full QWERTY keyboard that’s also backlit. This Moto Mod entered into the Transform the Smartphone Challenge in 2017, won the contest, and received more than $162,000 in funding on Indiegogo. Now it’s ready for primetime with Motorola’s full support.

It resembles classic devices prior to the modern that smartphone that shipped with physical keyboards. Maybe this Moto Mod reminds you of the T-Mobile SideKick, which was first introduced in 2002. With the Livermorium Keyboard, your phone can tilt up to 60 degrees for a classic typing experience or using the kickstand to enhance entertainment viewing.

Motorola says the physical keyboard-based Moto Mod should ship in a month or two. Pricing, like all Moto Mods, is a bit high at $99.

The other Moto Mod debuting this week in Las Vegas comes from Lenovo. Motorola’s parent company created the Vital Moto Mod. It can monitor vital signs including heart rate, Pulse Ox, core body temperature, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Just insert your finger and the attachment does the work.

When the Lenovo Vital Mod goes on sale in April, it’ll cost $395.

Lastly, Motorola introduced a new companion app for its customers to discover new Moto Mods. The Moto Z Market app lets you browse Moto Mods and get support if needed. As additional accessories join the ecosystem, the app will be updated.

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Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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