12+ Useful & Fun Gadgets to Enhance Your Smartphone’s Potential
We live closely to our smartphones and use the many advantages that such a device offers us every day. Most of us use it to browse the Internet or social media, play games, listen to music and various other general purposes.
We tend to forget that we have a computing power at our fingertips that is millions of times more powerful than the computers NASA used in the 60’s to travel to space.
These mini computers can offer us a lot more and can do a plethora of amazing things. Our smartphones potential can be elevated higher just as easily as we download and install an app to ‘unlock’ a new feature hidden inside this computing power.
What makes smartphones such a massive hit is the potential this simple device holds. It offers countless possibilities for us to take advantage of it. There were more than 40,000 apps set to release in 2015 only.
Even so, smartphones come with their own hardware limitations and problems we all solve differently. Thanks to the wide selection of gadgets that are available, we have straightforward solutions to most of them.
We can elevate the potential our smartphone offers us, making it much more fun, useful or making it do something you didn’t even think it could do. There are some amazing gadgets we can attach to our devices that offer us a wide range of features. We can monitor our hearth rates, have 30x optical zoom or have double the phone battery we normally have or search for fish in a lake. Some even gather valuable information from our environments, such as wind speed and wind direction or radiation levels.
Today, our phones can offer us capabilities that we could only see in spy movies in the past.
Let’s move on and discover the best gadgets that can enhance our lives and our smartphones by a great deal!
Concepter iBlazr 2 Wireless LED Flash
Sometimes your phones flash just isn’t enough to take pictures in the quality you want to. Either the environment is too dark or dim, or an extra light source would really help you out. That’s where iBlazr helps out with its big flash LEDs.
Just snap it on the side of your phone with its clip and it will sync with your devices native camera app through Bluetooth. From there, it will let you adjust brightness and your cool temperature from 3200K to 5600K.
iBlazr 2 can do about 300 flashes or can give three hours of continuous light with one USB charge. It has a range of 80 feet and can give you 300 LUX on 0m flash by pressing the touch sensor on the device.
If you want to have even more control over your picture quality, iBlazr 2 has a companion app too, which you can use to adjust ISO, white balance, exposure compensation and focus.
Keys have a way of disappearing just when you are in a rush or simply want to go somewhere. All of us know the long time it takes to find them and thankfully, we have a solution for this problem.
Hone is a small Bluetooth device that you can attach to your iPhone or iPod and it will help you find your keys with absolute ease. All you have to do is set up an application, tie the device onto your key and push the Find button. The small Bluetooth device will light up and give off a distinctive, loud sound to help you find its location. It’s elegant, simple and smart.
Tile is a small object that you can attach to any object you want to keep track of and find easily. You just have to install its companion app and you can locate all of your Tiles. It has a one year battery life and is water-resistant, so you can rest assured that you can keep track of your valuables in most scenarios.
What makes it more compelling is that you can leverage all the other Tile users near you, to help you find one of your Tiles that you have marked as “Lost”.
Tile is available for the Android and iOS. According to Tile’s official site, it is compatible with these Android devices: HTC one M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG Nexus 5, HTC One, LG Nexus4. It can only work with Android devices that support Bluetooth 4.0.
Viper SmartStart GPS Module
If you find taking your keys around with you bothersome, then you have your solution right here.
You can make even the most expensive car owners envy your clever technology. Viper SmartStart offers an incredibly clever solution to make your smartphone do what your remote key does. This device will let you open your trunk door, hunk your horn and lock or unlock your car. It completely spares you from having to take your key around with you and from the trouble of finding it.
It can also do a scan on your vehicle to check its current status and help you make sure that your car is safe and ready to hit the road. You can get this device for $149-$399.
VicTsing Mini Bluetooth Headset
This is one of the tiniest Bluetooth headsets on the market. This small device can cancel noise, support music playback and has support for multipoint connections. If you are using your Android device for making work calls, than this device will let you make all your calls on the go, sparing a lot of your attention and time. You can drive or just about do anything with your hands free. The headsets battery can handle about four hours of constant talk time.
Omaker M4 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker
If you like to take your own boom box around with you, Omaker M4 is sure to suite you perfectly. More than that, it is waterproof, so you can listen to it under the shower, in the bathtub, on the beach or in a boat, without having to worry about getting it wet.
If you keep playing music at 80% volume, the battery will last about 12 hours. The speaker’s official rating is IP54. That means that it is protected from dust, but it isn’t completely sealed against dust. This also means that the speaker can be splashed but it shouldn’t be put inside water.
Zealot Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
It does just the same as the Omaker M4. You can play some loud music on-the-go and enjoy the safety of a waterproof casing. But this speaker comes with an extra feature. It has a 4000mAh battery that you can use to charge your phone. You can find this device on Amazon as well.
Misfit Shine is a fitness activity monitor that is just about the size of a coin.
It’s a great tool to have around for all of your training session no matter where you are. The device is completely waterproof and connects to your phone through Bluetooth. It will give you a lot of useful information about all your daily activities, such as running, swimming or cycling. It also monitors and gives you information about your sleeping patterns.
Metafit Shine offers a seamless way to provide you with very useful data that will help you make the lifestyle changes you want to.
If you like photography and have a decent eye for making some quality photos then invest a few dollars and make your smartphone into a much better camera.
Olloclip 4-IN-1 offers a set of lenses that will greatly empower your picture qualities and help you make photos that will blow your Instagram audience away. It comes with 4 types of lenses: 10x Macro, 15x Macro, wide-angle and fish eye.
You just have to clip it on and it will expand your photographic possibilities by a great deal and make your shots more sharp. Olloclip 4-IN-1 is available for the following devices: Samsung S4 and S5, iPhone 5s, 5C, 4S and 4. You can buy it from Amazon at a pretty neat price too.
Archos Beany Wireless Bluetooth Headset
It will be one of the most futuristic pieces in your wardrobe. Archos Beanie / Beany might look like a simple hat, but it has a lot of technology packed inside it.
This nice-looking winter hat has a pair of Bluetooth speakers and a microphone inside it. How cool is that? You can control it easily with your smartphone and it will offer you a lot of convenience during cold winter days. You just have to put your hat on and you are all set for listening music and making calls on the go.
Guys in Canada and people in countries that have rough winters will love this piece of technology!
Deeper Fish Finder
This is an excellent device for fishing enthusiasts. Deeper offers its users the possibility to detect fish under water. This great feature is possible thanks to Friday Lab’s sonar. It detects the movement of any fish that is within a 50m radius and will send the information to your smartphones screen. This amazing app will give you the edge over all other fishermen.
Smart Baby Monitor
Most of you are probably familiar with what a baby monitor is. Once you have installed the Smart Baby Monitor, it will stream video and audio to your smartphone. This monitor will get even more awesome if it’s paired with the WithBaby app that enables parents to check in on their beloved baby, through a wireless connection.
Smart Baby Monitor can detect any of your baby’s activities and even check the room temperature and humidity.
weBoost Cellular Signal Booster Kit
WeBoost is a company that specializes in making gadgets that boost your mobile’s signal. If you live or work in a remote area with terrible mobile coverage, then this device can help you by a great deal.
The Pro 70 signal booster was named as the Wireless Product of the Year at CES 2015. WeBoost has a lot of other signal boosters that come at a lower price. This booster will increase both your 4G data signal and your voice signal.
Smart Geiger Counter Nuclear Radiation Dosimeter
The Fukushima incident in Japan has gathered a lot of awareness for radioactive materials in food or water. To offer a solution to this, FTLAB have come up with the all-in-one Smart Radiation Detector & Geiger Counter. It is able to detect and confirm radiation levels and help you in avoiding any contaminated resources.
The rescue team operators and medical professionals use this device when they work in any kind of nuclear-related environment.
This concludes our list of the gadgets that provide us with enhancements and convenience that we didn’t have before. They make our everyday lives better and give us a technological empowerment to help us calculate and solve problems with absolute ease. There will be a second part of this article as well, with another list that features the most useful and most fun gadgets on the market!
We hope that you have enjoyed reading through this article and that we will see you in the next one!