Nexpaq is a modular case that allows you to add and remove modules with new features and functions directly from the back of your smartphone without powering down.
Each nexpaq case has a built-in battery (1,000 mAh) to extend the autonomy of your phone and to power all the modules.
This case is compatible with iOS and Android OS and you can swap your modules on different smartphones (iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S5 and others in the future).
The case communicates with the smartphone physically and wirelessly, thanks to Lightning or micro-USB connector and through Bluetooth Low Energy link. Even if your phone isn’t inside the case, you can remotely control the modules via BT wireless connection.
The user will handle the case and the different modules through a companion app developed by the company.
There are 12 different modules currently available, 6 individual add-ons can be placed on the case at a time.
The launch lineup includes a battery (400 mAh), amplified speaker, flashlight (with six multi-color LEDs), SD card reader, temperature/humidity sensors, hotkeys buttons, USB flash memory module (32GB or 64GB), air quality sensor, breathalyzer, laser pointer, backup hard drive (64GB) and a dummy module to fill empty slots.
You can order the nexpaq on Kickstarter. The cheapest case costs $89 and it includes four modules (speaker, battery, shortcut buttons and microSD card reader) and should ship in January next year. The single module will cost from $14 to $29, $3 for the dummy module. The nexpaq team has, also, creates a dev kit to start developing modules with new functionalities.
The original article was posted on the Phonebloks Blog.