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Motorola introduces new health and keyboard Moto Mods at CES 2018

Motorola took the wraps off two new Moto Mods at CES 2018. One of the devices can measure five key health metrics, while the other slides out a backlit keyboard for your phone.

Published onJanuary 10, 2018

  • Two new Moto Mods were introduced — one made by Lenovo and one by Livermorium.
  • Lenovo’s Vital Moto Mod scans and tracks five key vital signs.
  • Livermorium created a backlit full QWERTY keyboard that you slide your phone up to use.

CES 2018 is off and running and we’re seeing a ton of cool new gadgets on display. The Android OEM who may love gadgets the most is Motorola. The company’s Moto Mod system allows customers to buy all sorts of modular attachments for the rear of their phone. As you’ve probably seen if you’ve turned on a TV in the last year, Motorola is heavily advertising the feature to try to stand out in a crowded smartphone field. Well, today it took the wraps off of two new compelling Moto Mods.

The first Moto Mod is actually made by Motorola parent company Lenovo. The Lenovo Vital Moto Mod enables users to track five key vital signs — heart rate, respiratory rate, Pulse Ox, core body temperature and systolic, and diastolic blood pressure. The mod has a proprietary finger cuff with advanced sensors, which you slip your finger into. The inflatable bladder then gives you a squeeze to measure things like blood pressure. Motorola says it only takes three minutes to run all five tests, allowing users to do it on the go. You can then share the information with members of your medical team. The Lenovo Vital Moto Mod comes out in April for $395.

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The second Moto Mod comes Livermorium, the company which won Motorola’s Transform the Smartphone Challenge in 2017 and ran a successful Indiegogo campaign for its sliding keyboard mod.

The Livermorium Slider Keyboard attaches to the rear of Moto Z devices and has a full QWERTY keyboard. Once attached, the phone can slide up to about 60-degrees to reveal a full, backlit keyboard. The design reminds us a lot of the Motorola Backflip from the early days of Android (Motoblur, anyone?). The Slider Keyboard will hit the market later this winter and run you $99.

See also: Motorola’s smartphone release plans for 2018 look to be as busy as ever

The success of Livermorium convinced Motorola to continue its Transform the Smartphone Challenge in 2018. The company is currently accepting applications through February 6, so get yours in soon. Those with promising ideas will win a Moto Z device, a Moto Mod Development Kit and support for Indiegogo for a crowdfunding campaign. Grand Prize winners will also win a trip to Moto’s headquarters in Chicago to meet with company executives about how to bring their ideas to life.

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