Moto Mods are a pretty good idea, even if they have limited applications. Nowhere else is this more evident with Motorola’s next Mod: a 360 camera that draws power directly from the phone.
The idea is pretty simple. Mount a pair of 150-degree cameras to a smartphone case and you’re good to go. The Mod is capable of recording video in 4K, and displays images from both cameras in a split-screen style interface for users to keep track of what’s going on.
Either of these cameras is capable of operating alone to create a 150-degree wide angle image as well. Although at that point you’re probably better off just using your own smartphone camera. On the other hand, the Moto Mod is also capable of livestreaming in full 360-degree glory.
This particular Moto Mod follows the trend of being a true add-on to the smartphone. Meaning that it has a physical connector and draws power from the device to which it is connected. This unfortunately means that there will be extra power drain on the battery.
Then there is the price of the Moto Mod. At $299 it costs almost as much as the smartphones to which it mounts. Of course, it’s difficult to say when this will be available in Malaysia; but it’s set to launch on 10 August in the US.