tech2 News StaffJun 10, 2016 09:04:00 IST
Lenovo has only just unveiled their modular Moto Z flagship device at an event in the US. The phone, which features all the expected bells and whistles from a flagship device, offers something more; it’s modular.
LG was the first company to offer a modular flagship with the G5, but honestly, the implementation was rather tacky. Lenovo’s offering seems more refined, offering connector pins at the back of the device to which you can attach a module of your choosing.
At launch, Lenovo is only offering three modules—a speaker, a battery pack and a projector. That’s not going to cut it however and Lenovo knows that.
To that end, Lenovo has announced a Moto Mods contest with a $1 million incentive to make the best mod yet. To participate, you’ll need to purchase a Moto Z and a Motorola Development Kit (MDK). Interestingly one of the components of the MDK is a board that offers support for Raspberry Pi HAT boards. HAT boards are add-on boards for the Raspberry Pi that can be used to add functionality to the platform. A HAT board is functionally similar to the expansion cards (like graphics cards or SATA cards) for your PC.
Also on offer are so called Personality Cards. These are sample modules for the Moto Z that demonstrate the capabilities of the MDK and also offer insight into building mods.
So what are you waiting for? Get modding!
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