The biggest growing market in the mobile phone industry is smartphone accessories – the market is booming and experts believe that by 2022, it will be worth in excess of £80 billion. Here are just some of the many devices designed to make our personal and professional lives that little bit easier – most devices work with all phones but for the purposes of this article, all accessories are referred to with the Samsung Galaxy models of phone in mind.
With the touch of a button, Lockitron allows you to lock and unlock your door. As well as performing one of the most inane tasks around the house, Lockitron can be programmed to open your door automatically when you are within range. Now you can say goodbye to drunkenly faffing about with the key in your door.
Ever get a headache when it comes to paying by credit card at the checkout? There’s nothing worse than fumbling about in your wallet/purse at the till when there is a long line of customers burning holes in the back of your head. Here is where Geode comes in handy – simply transfer the information from your cards to Geode and you can then use any of the transferred cards at the checkout. A simple little device that can essentially ‘clone’ all your cards which can then be used on command. But that is not all, Geode also allows you to store barcoded loyalty cards and will display them to be scanned at the checkout.
Tod is a great little tool for monitoring the location of anything that you want. Tod will give you notifications when the devices moves away from your locale – great for vehicles, pets and even young children.
- Pico Genie A100
Does your job or pastime require you to use presentations or media to get your point across? If so, then Pico Genie A100 is the tool for you; a portable projector that is as small as an iPhone, the Pico has a 60″ viewable area and has a sound-boosting option to give audio a fuller and richer sound.
Botiful is a fun and interesting device that turns your Samsung Galaxy into a driveable mini robot. Think of having a mobile CCTV unit which can be controlled much like a radio-controlled car. Furthermore, you can connect with Skype and Botiful turns into a talkable, mobile robot. Great for parents who want to keep their eyes on their child, wherever they go.
Are you a QR Code fanatic? Do you attend festivals and music events? Then the Scanbox might be the device tailor-made for you. Scanbox is a portable QR Code scanner with in-built LED’s to make scanning in the dark all that more easier.
- Node Chroma
NODE Chroma is a real-life colour scanning/picking device which could make aiding colour selection a fruitless task. A great addition to any painter and decorators toolbox, you can pair it with your mobile phone so that you can present the colour details at beck and call.
Ever need to assess environments such as temperature, gas leaks, air quality or lumination? Then Sensordrone is perfect for your needs – you can attach this to your keys, belt or keychain and pair it to your mobile phone for a live read-out.
- Crash Sensor
For the outdoorsy people, Crash Sensor is a device that can be mounted on helmets to monitor whether you have crashed or rendered immobile — and the device will notify your contacts and send them your GPS locations.
- Misfit Shine
Misfit Shine is a watch, an activity and sleep monitor all-in-one – fitness fanatics, dieters and health gurus can accurately monitor their physical statistics at end of every day.
- Medisana ThermoDock
Have a loved one who is in poor health? Like to monitor your own vital statistics? Then Medisana ThermoDock may be just the device for you. Thermodock checks your body temperature, blood pressure, heart-rate and updates you if they reach dangerous levels.
The Fisherman amongst us will know that fishing can be a time-hungry task, as well as, on occasion, provide a source for frustration and impatience. Deeper is a basically a portable sonar device that can detect the movement of fish within a 50m radius. A great device that parents can use to get their children into the sport!
- Smart Radiation Detector
Radiation is everywhere and with our environment becoming more and more toxic, health-conscious individuals can use the Smart Radiation Detector to read radiation levels – simply connect to your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy via the microphone input and you are ready to go.
Scientists and biologists use microscopes on a daily basis – The SkyLight allows you to attach your mobile device to any microscope and view under the microscope through your Samsung phone’s display – no more back pains from leaning over microscopes all day long.
- Smart Baby Monitor
The Smart Baby Monitor can be installed in your baby’s room to not only monitor your baby’s activities – but can also monitor the environment as well; targeted at parents who need to keep a third-eye on their toddler, the Smart Baby Monitor connects via a wireless connection to the WithBaby app.
Wise-Pet is a teddy, teacher and entertainment centre in one. With 5 different pets (who have 5 different personalities), Wise-Pet is essentially a fun mobile phone protector case in the form of a teddy – the accompanying app also has educational features and bedtime story reading abilities.
If you, like me, have a nightmare when trying to find your remote controls, iPhly is a device that reads all your remote controlled devices, combines them onto your Samsung mobile phone so that you can control your devices from the one unit.