Apps can expand a smartphone or tablet’s usefulness a thousand different ways, but they don’t make the most satisfying gifts. They simply don’t have a commanding presence under the tree nor do they have that satisfying rattle when you shake them.
This year, fill your wish list with some accessories to expand the usefulness of your favorite device and avoid the glut of iTunes gift cards.
I know what you’re thinking, but smartphone and tablet accessories have come a long way. They have finally broken free of the standard case/stand/headset trifecta. Now, when synced with your smart-device via Wifi, Bluetooth or your wireless network, accessories have the ability to expand what you can see, hear and feel. Take a look and see just what your device can be capable of now.
UP is a wristband that tracks your movement and sleep in the background. Data is stored and accessible through your smartphone or tablet where you can also input the meals you eat and moods you’re feeling to build a comprehensive record of your health.
Cool feature: By monitoring your sleep, UP will wake you at the optimal time within 30 minutes of your set alarm time.
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What does your smart-device need more than anything? Love. After that it needs power. We take for granted our access to electricity until a superstorm slams into the Eastern Seaboard. A battery backup can extend a device’s charge for a few more hours, but then it needs to be recharged itself. That’s when the BoostTurbine really proves its flexibility. Not only can it be charged via an electrical outlet, but it has a built-in hand crank to generate power after its onboard battery is drained.
Cool feature: In one minute, the hand-powered generator can produce enough power for a 30-second call or a few texts.
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There is nothing quite as efficient as typing on a full-size keyboard, but having a keyboard for your computer and one for your device on your desk is decidedly inefficient. Save some frustration and desktop real estate with Logitech’s K810 keyboard which can switch between your computer or device — iOS or Android — with the touch of a switch.