While Google's Project Ara modular smartphone is heralded as the future of mobile devices as it will be able to suit to the user's every need, it is still very much in its prototype. Users that are looking for a similar experience, however, may be in luck with the Nexpaq modular smartphone case.
The Nexpaq case allows users to enhance, customize and include additional features to their smartphones through the use of physical "modules" that attach to the case without the need to power down the smartphone.
The creators of the Nexpaq case have launched a Kickstarter campaign, which looks to reach a modest goal of $50,000. With 30 days to go at the time of writing, the campaign has already reached the halfway mark, raising close to $25,000.
"It's time to allow your phone to do things it was really made for. Unlimited potential all in the palm of your hand," the Kickstarter page describes the Nexpaq case. The campaign page then describes the promising device, which is compatible with smartphones running on both iOS and Android.
The Nexpaq case comes with built-in battery of 1,000mAh, which powers up all the modules of the case and provides a significant amount of extra power to the smartphone to lengthen its battery life. There are currently 12 modules for the Nexpaq case, all of which can be controlled through the Nexpaq app.
|•Battery Power: This module provides an additional 30 percent more power on top of the 30 percent to 60 percent from the Nexpaq case itself. All in all, the Nexpaq case plus the Battery Power module can grant up to an extra 90 percent battery life to the user's smartphone.
•Amplified Speaker: This module increases the volume of the smartphone's speaker by 30 percent to 60 percent depending on the smartphone, while keeping optimal audio quality.
•Super LED Flashlight: This module grants users with a strong flashlight that can be activated by simply pressing on it. The module can also be flipped with a multicolor LED light.
•SD Card Reader: This module provides more storage to the user's smartphone, using regular SD cards that can be purchased anywhere.
•Temperature and Humidity: This module takes temperatures of people and objects through aiming the sensor around 2 centimeters to 5 centimeters away from a person's forehead or object's surface.
•Hotkeys: This module features two buttons that can be customized as shortcuts to access certain functions on a smartphone by pressing them.
•Backup: This module features no SD cards or USB Flash connectors, and is simply a 64GB hard drive that can backup a user's files.
The Nexpaq case's creators add that these 12 modules are only the beginning, as the device's open platform could allow for developers to create even more modules for the Nexpaq case.
The team is looking to deliver the Nexpaq case to backers by January of next year.