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Up close with new Moto Mods: The Livermorium Keyboard Slider and Lenovo Vital

One new Moto Mod adds a physical keyboard that slides out from the back of your phone, while the other checks health data.

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Sean Hollister
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
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Moto Mod: Livermorium Keyboard Slider

This new Moto Mod adds a physical keyboard that slides out from the back of your phone.  

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Moto Mod: Livermorium Keyboard Slider

This mod magnetically snaps onto the back of any Motorola Moto Z phone, like the Z2 Play or the Z2 Force.

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Moto Mod: Livermorium Keyboard Slider

The Livermorium mod gives you a full-five row keyboard like on Motorola's old Droids, but it doesn't have a naturally ergonomic, staggered layout. I used the Droid 2 and Droid 4 for years, but my muscle memory didn't kick in at all.

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Moto Mod: Livermorium Keyboard Slider

The individual key feel is on the money, though. Droid all the way. 

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Moto Mod: Livermorium Keyboard Slider

And get this: the whole keyboard tilts up, like on HTC's old phones. It's adjustable to any angle between flat and 60 degrees.

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Moto Mod: Livermorium Keyboard Slider

Here it is open flat.

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Moto Mod: Livermorium Keyboard Slider

At an angle, it doubles as a stand for watching movies.

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Moto Mod: Livermorium Keyboard Slider

Here's the slider mechanism. Pretty cool, no?

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Moto Mod: Livermorium Keyboard Slider

The big downside: It nearly triples the thickness of your phone.

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Moto Mod: Livermorium Keyboard Slider

Here's a comparison between a Z2 Play with a Turbopower battery pack and a Z2 Play with the Livermorium keyboard mod.

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Moto Mod: Lenovo Vital

But you haven't seen bulk until you've checked out the Lenovo Vital mod -- which is honestly pretty cool despite that.

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Moto Mod: Lenovo Vital

It can measure your vitals -- thus the name -- with its built-in blood pressure, pulse and temperature sensors.

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Moto Mod: Lenovo Vital

Diagnosis incoming.

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Moto Mod: Lenovo Vital

Time to take your temp.

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Moto Mod: Lenovo Vital

It might look ridiculous on your finger, and it might cost nearly $400...

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Moto Mod: Lenovo Vital

But the companion app does keep track of all the data for you.

Check out more health tech and gadgets at CES 2018.

See all CNET's coverage of CES 2018 here.   

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