The recent launch of new smartphones has awed every gadget freak in the world. The flagships such as iPhone and Samsung as well as the flagship killers such as OnePlus has somehow managed to jam octa-core processor, humongous RAM, unlimited cloud storage, and–let’s not forget–long-lasting battery backup in one ultra-slim smartphone. People are well-acquainted with the pros and cons of these devices and now look beyond the basic functions of a cell phone. However, the mobile accessories companies are not far behind in the market and have been developing some outside-the-box technologies with the sole purpose to enhance the basic functionality of the smartphone.
From power banks to wireless charger and smart wearables, these accessories are so awesome that they seem far better than the smartphone in hand. According to a research firm, Allied Market Research, the mobile phone accessories market is expected to reach $255.15 billion by 2023, registering a CAGR of 2.3% from 2017 to 2023, which signifies the huge demand for the mobile accessories and bright future for market players. For instance, a Ph.D. researcher from France developed MobiLimb, a robotic finger for mobile phones that can tap, stroke, and even tickle the user to alert them of notifications on their smartphones.
MobiLimb: Mobile robotic finger
MobiLimb is an accessory that resembles a human finger and it protrudes from the end of the phone and mimics the actions of a real finger. Apart from tapping and tickling the user, it can drag itself around on a flat surface. MobiLimb has invented by a grad student at the Sorbonne and Télécom ParisTech, and his team to minimize the limitations in mobile device use and function. Being a robotic manipulator, it supports LEDs and proximity sensors. The device possesses four motorized actuators that form and control the movements of the “finger” joints. In addition, they are augmented with a soft-touch potentiometer to sense the environment. All the robotic parts are connected to a micro USB connector and an Arduino controller, which enables the user to control via open-source software. Apart from the self-movement functionality, MobiLimb has several appealing capabilities such as raising and tilting the smartphone upward. Moreover, it can grip the user’s hand while they are carrying the phone to help users with functional challenges.
Selfy camera drone
There can never be a perfect selfie! However, this accessory guarantees that you get an optimum shot at clicking a perfect selfie. Selfy allows taking hands-free photos on the go. It is a phone case that incorporates a detachable autonomous camera drone. It carries the camera that pops out whenever the user wants to grab a selfie. It comes with 13 Megapixel camera and can be used for every smartphone with 4- to 6-inch display. Moreover, it has a replaceable battery and Wi-Fi connectivity. The device is compatible with both iOS and Android systems.
Wireless charging is not something that has unheard of, but there is no denying that its adoption has boosted since the launch of the wireless charger for iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. It allows users to avoid irritating gamble with charging wire. Just drop the phone in the charging pad and go on with your life without worrying about the faulty connection or hundred other things that come across mind while charging a smartphone. Recently, Hyper, the U.S.-based wireless engineering, and consulting services company, launched a Q wireless charger adapter that can make AirPods compatible with any standard 5W Qi charger. It does not come with wireless charges but is considered as the next best thing.
Apart from wireless chargers and selfie drones, there are several other accessories that are catching users’ eyes, including invisible touchpad keyboard, wearable VR headsets, smart watches, and fitness trackers. There is no question that with a new day comes a new novel and innovative technology and thus new mobile accessories. Thus, developers are keen on offering the best possible technology along with the touch of awesomeness in their appearance so that users won’t be able to stop themselves from spending few more bucks in accessories while buying a smartphone.
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About the Author
Swamini Kulkarni holds a bachelor’s degree in Instrumentation and control engineering from Pune University, and works as a content writer at Allied Market Research. She is deeply fascinated by the impact of technology on human life, and loves to talk about science and mythology. When she is not glued to the computer, she loves to read, travel, and day dream about her areas of interest.