Building an RTL-SDR “Moto Mod”

One nice feature of modern Motorola smartphones is that some models can accept ‘mods’, which are essentially phone cases that snap onto the back of the phone and interface via some exposed data pins. Some examples include a snap on speaker, projector, battery pack and zoom lens. Currently Moto Mods and Indiegogo are running a promotional campaign that gives developers a chance to pitch new Moto Mod ideas to Motorola, and if successful be partnered with Motorola and receive funding to complete and sell the hardware.

Vaclav Bouse is one developer who has been working on an RTL-SDR based Moto Mod. The idea is to integrate RTL-SDR hardware into the Moto Mod phone case form factor and possibly even add transceiver capabilities via an AX5043 transceiver chip. The hardware is still in the very early concept and design phases, and Vaclav is seeking donations on Indiegogo to help fund the development of a prototype (note that donating will not get you the final product). As it will be an RTL-SDR, it should be compatible with all Android RTL-SDR software, such as SDR Touch.

The hardware is also related to his other Moto Mod campaign idea which is a universal remote control.

The Moto Mod RTL-SDR Concept
The Moto Mod RTL-SDR Concept

One comment

  1. Vaclav Bouse

    Sharing is caring! Therefore, as promised, all the prototype data for the Software Defined Radio Mod are now stored on GitHub!

    Furthermore, this project is now sponsored by Arrow Electronics, the “Arrow Sponsored” badge shall appear soon.

    Check the campaign webpage for more details
    https://lnkd.in/g-JyjCX

    As always, any feedback is welcomed!

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