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Welcome to Moto's headquarters in Chicago, where magnetic Moto Mods are dreamed up and tested.

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You may recall the JBL Moto Mod that annexes the phone's main speaker and turns the volume up (it also adds a kickstand). This isn't what the finished product looks like, but...

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...we see the rig used to help test the Mod's audio quality.

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Behind every Moto Mod is the MDK, or Mods developer kit. Parts like this mechanical interface let developers solder on parts to work on completely new accessories.

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The Moto Mods team creates prototypes of their own, like this one, with a second touch screen that you can use as a selfie mirror to take photos from the rear camera (rather than from the front-facing camera). Squint and you can see me.

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Mophie and Incipio recently announced two more Mods for Moto Z phones.

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Incipio's car dock snaps on magnetically. What you clip it into is your car vent.

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See those wings on the side? Unclasp those to help detach the Mod from its magnetic anchors.

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You can orient it vertically or horizontally. It'll trigger Android's auto mode.

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The Mophie Juice Box for the Moto Z family of phones doesn't look like much.

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But it snaps on to provide up to 60 percent more power from its 3,000mAh battery.

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Sure, it does make the phone bulkier than some Mods, but you won't have to worry about running out of power.

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Heat management is a huge deal with any phone, but especially important when you're asking the handset to automagically connect to, and pass functionality back and forth from, a Mod.

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See that metal swoosh? That pipe helps keep internal temperatures in check. Read more about Moto Mods here.

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