Meet the slimmest, smallest tripod stand to ever attach to your phone…

I think the Lookstand is both a great and bad idea. Here’s why it’s great. At just a couple of centimeters thin, the Lookstand is everything you want in your phone but don’t have. It works as a stand, a grip, and opens out into a glorious tripod that can easily elevate your phone a couple of inches off the ground and at any angle you want. Forget the pop socket, forget those novelty stick-on rings, or those kick-stand cases… the Lookstand is all of them, and more.

The all-metal stand weighs a mere 1.5 ounces and attaches itself either to the back of your phone or your phone-case. When folded, it’s no larger than a pack of gum, and when opened out, can be used either as a kickstand or a prop-stand, as a selfie-stick, or a tripod that holds your phone up as high as 10 inches, in both portrait and landscape. The slim product stays adhered to the back of your phone without occupying too much mass or space. It’s thin enough to let you slide your phone into your pocket without any difficulty, and the only foreseeable drawback is that it may disrupt your phone’s ability to wirelessly charge.

Here’s why it’s a bad idea. The Lookstand’s timing is just absolutely unfortunate. We’ve owned smartphones for over 10 years and the fact that a product like the Lookstand exists only now feels like someone should have thought of this MUCH sooner… at least before foldable phones came into the picture, because here’s what’s bad about the Lookstand. It’s come at a time when phones are either integrating flexible displays into their designs, or massive 4-6 camera lens bumps on their rears, making it sort of challenging for the Lookstand to truly help ‘elevate’ the smartphone experience. However, if the design can stay relevant and useful for at least the next 3 years, I’d call it a big win.

Designer: LOOK#

The Clippad mobile accessory turns your smartphone into a renegade GameBoy Advance!

Emulators can only go so far, right?

Giacomo Zangani’s Clippad lets you get a much more authentic Nintendo GBA experience by strapping a set of GameBoy controllers to the side of your smartphone. The controllers attach themselves using a clip at the back (similar to the Microsoft xCloud controller concepts we featured earlier), working with practically any phone to turn them into a GameBoy Advance-inspired gaming console. The controllers connect to your phone wirelessly, and let you play a whole bunch of games with authentic-feeling buttons and controls rather than tapping on screen-based buttons. My personal go-to game? Pokémon Yellow.

Designer: Giacomo Zangani

All your Apple devices can be charged at once on this modular, wireless dock – one size fits all

We were all well aware of the problem of having one charger or one wireless base and the battle to get your device there before anyone else in your house. Can you imagine how many sibling fights can be prevented if Apple made a multi-charging dock? Well, our prayers have been answered, say hello to the glue that is going to be holding modern families together – Scosche BaseLynx Modular Charging System Kit for Apple priced at USD 149.95 that comes in white and black to match your tech aesthetic. You can also buy individual bases or upgrade to their pro kit.

This wireless charging system kit is modular and expandable, you are now free from hours of untangling cables for each device because this one dock is a home-for-all. You’ll be happy to know that it just requires one power out and given its modular nature, it is portable so you can use it at home or at work. The BaseLynx charging kit is compatible with all iPhones, iPads, Apple watches, Airpods and even iPods – yes this station EXISTS and all us Apple fans are excited about giving our devices a resting spot as sleek as they are.

It has many individual parts that you can choose and pick from to BYOB (Build Your Own BaseLynx). An interesting feature is the Vert charging module where you can charge three devices at once on the same base. The wireless charging dock is also Qi-certified meaning it is safe and one of the fastest available technologies in the game. BaseLynx is a customizable solution that helps organize, charge, store all your Apple devices. You can keep it at home, or take it to work, even travel with it so you don’t have to carry 5 cords plus 3 converter plugs, and the best part – wireless bases mean endless charging without any bent or frayed Apple cords!

All concerns have been addressed, now back to your bases Apple enthusiasts!

Designer: Scosche

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The Hable One is a Braille-to-text mobile keyboard that lets the visually impaired type out messages

Winners of the Philips Innovation Award, the Hable One is a tactile keyboard that lets the visually impaired send out texts by using Braille as an input. The wireless keyboard connects to the smartphone, using a series of 8 specialized keys that let the user type in Braille, while the keyboard itself translates the Braille input into an alphanumeric output that’s then sent to the phone.

The Hable One was designed to enable a faster, safer, more intuitive, and private texting experience. Designed around the Braille keyboard, the Hable One comes with eight easy-to-locate bumped tactile buttons that let you input everything from alphabets to numbers, spaces, and even punctuation. The keys even allow smartphone navigation, letting users cycle through and select apps from menus using the same 8 keys. Through the Hable One, visually impaired users are offered a more private messaging experience, rather than relying on voice-memos or voice-to-text features to send messages.

The keyboard is currently up for pre-order. There’s no mention of a price yet since the product’s still under development, but the Hable One could cost anywhere from €200-€300 depending on shipping and taxes. Hable Accessibility claims the cost could be brought down further if supported by insurance programs.

Designer: Hable Accessibility

Newest Samsung Phones Right Now

Samsung is the company best known for releasing many different Samsung phones each year, making it confusing to trace which phone was released first or last to the ordinary individual. Since Samsung has many different models and series, this page will give you an informed current analysis showing the new Samsung phones. Galaxy Fold Introducing the only foldable smartphone series, the Galaxy Fold, which has been on sale since September 2019, being sold out in all markets. This smartphone has a 4.6 inch cover display, and a foldable display of 7.3 inches. It has a massive storage of 12GB of…

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I vote that all power banks should have videogames built into them…

It’s corny but also a stroke of genius. Peepsquare’s power banks come with videogames built right into them so you can leave your phone alone while it’s charging. The 8000 mAh power bank comes with an impressive 416 games built into it, quite like those third-party Gameboy cartridges back in the day. It conveniently allows you to plug two devices into it, thanks to the presence of 2 USB ports, and lets you play games right on the power bank itself, thanks to the presence of a small screen, a d-pad, and action buttons. It isn’t some sort of Nintendo Switch replacement, but with games like Angry Birds and Plants Vs. Zombies, the power bank is a pretty great way to keep yourself entertained while keeping your hands off your phone. I’m not surprised the idea for this product came out of China, but I’m surprised it hasn’t become the norm yet!

Designer: Peepsquare

The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is a Moto Razr-style foldable clamshell phone… without the nostalgia

It almost feels like the guys at Samsung finally realized where they went wrong with the Galaxy Fold. I don’t fault them though. It’s in the tech world’s blood to make mistakes with their first release, and then fix them over time. Take absolutely any software update, which always ends up requiring a secondary security patch just to fix the problems the original update created… or the Galaxy Fold, which did take the world by storm, but fizzled almost immediately after a series of bad reviews from the tech-glitterati. Samsung’s due to announce the Fold’s successor, which people are speculating will be either called the Galaxy Fold 2, or the Galaxy Bloom. Second in Samsung’s foldable phone line, the Galaxy Bloom’s objective is to right all the wrongs done by its predecessor… and to flood the market with flexible displays so Samsung can monetize on its AMOLED business.

The Galaxy Bloom, the way I see it, is practically the same as the 2019 Moto Razr, except without that sweet nostalgic factor. It folds just like a clamshell, giving you a longer screen rather than a squarish one, and like the Moto Razr, it can still be used with a single hand. As per this visualization by Concept Creator for LetsGoDigital, the Galaxy Bloom also does away with the secondary touchscreen on the outside, replacing it with a tiny notification and clock display right beside the dual-lens camera. This move would do wonders for Samsung by A. bringing the cost of the phone down, B. doing wonders for its battery life, and C. encourage people to open their phones to use them rather than just interacting with the external display (as is the situation with the original Galaxy Fold).

Another noteworthy feature is the Galaxy Bloom’s lack of a discernible notch, which is more than welcoming. The phone does have a slightly thick bezel running along the edge, but a hole-punch camera allows Samsung to push the flexible screen as close to the edge as possible. While these are all speculations based off of leaks found online, it’d be nice to see if Samsung announces the Galaxy Bloom at its February 11 event, Galaxy Unpacked. Who knows, maybe they won’t even call it the Galaxy Bloom.

Designer: Samsung
Image Credits: Concept Creator for LetsGoDigital

Samsung’s new feature lets you type on an ‘invisible keyboard’ as its selfie-camera tracks your finger movements

Samsung debuted a new feature at CES this year that it plans to roll out onto its smartphones. Called the SelfieType, this AI-powered keyboard lets you type on a blank surface like a table while the phone’s front-facing camera captures and tracks your finger movements, using their position to identify what you’re typing.

The SelfieType is a project from Samsung’s C-LAB Incubator. It builds on an existing range of laser-projection keyboards that have been around for decades but never really saw mass acceptance. SelfieType, on the other hand, has you typing on an invisible surface, which seems even more challenging because you can’t really see what you’re typing… You’re just moving your fingers on an invisible keyboard mapped onto an empty surface.

Is it a good idea? I’ve always been an advocate for how shitty smartphone keyboards are, and how they’re absolutely useless when you want to swiftly type out long work-emails or chats to friends or colleagues. SelfieType somehow acknowledges that, but doesn’t necessarily propose a solution that makes me feel more confident. It uses the front-facing camera and Samsung’s proprietary AI to map out a virtual keyboard on the table in front of you. You then move your fingers as you would if you were typing on a QWERTY keyboard and SelfieType does the rest. I’m not sure if Samsung has a different version of an auto-correct to make sure you type what you want (because you really can’t see any keys), but it surely is pretty ambitious, and honestly, quite cool the way the Galaxy Fold sits like a laptop as you type away on a virtual keyboard!

Designer: Samsung C-LAB

The OnePlus Concept One and its innovative design is the company’s biggest limelight moment

In the 6 years (and one month) of its existence, OnePlus has cultivated a reputation of being an indie brand that could make good flagship smartphones without the flagship price tag. Honestly, that’s a great way to cultivate a reputation, and it’s a hard one to shake off, considering your most loyal fanbase comprises the very antithesis of Apple’s fanbase… tech-loving nerds who hate the premium price tag. (And OnePlus has an extremely strong fanbase)

I talk about shaking off this reputation because in the past few years, OnePlus has really begun flexing its strength as a smartphone maker (and subsequently upping their prices) by releasing some of the first Android phones with facial recognition, multi-lens cameras, and fast-charging. It’s done this while garnering loads of support from people like MKBHD as well as partnering with Marvel to launch special-edition phones. The company even roped in Robert Downey Jr. as their brand ambassador, replacing veteran Indian movie star Amitabh Bachchan.

Today marks a significant day in OnePlus’ roadmap, as they announce their very first concept phone, the OnePlus Concept One. Following a long-time partnership with McLaren and Boeing, OnePlus debuted their conceptual device at CES today. On the front, it looks like any smartphone, with a screen that wraps all around the phone’s front, and the lack of a notch that’s further supported by a pop-up camera. Flip the phone over, and that’s where the OnePlus Concept One really begins to shine. With a leather back panel, and a black piece of glass running through its middle, the Concept One looks unique, no doubt… but that’s where the magic begins. The leather trim comes courtesy of McLaren, and is showcased in the company’s signature Papaya Orange color. Sitting between it is the black glass strip, which looks unassuming, until you turn the camera app on. Once the camera is activated, the opaque glass instantly turns transparent to reveal three lenses behind it. A feature often found in airplane windows, and in McLaren’s sunroof, the electrochromic glass makes its debut with the Concept One. OnePlus and McLaren spent nearly 18 months on this feature, taking the technology and shrinking it down to a glass panel that’s just 3.5mm thick. The electrochromic glass goes from opaque to translucent in a dazzling 7 milliseconds too, which is incredibly fast for the technology, making it the smallest and fastest electrochromic glass panel ever designed to date. The glass panel helps hide the camera lenses, until you need them, which seems like a great technology to have considering most new smartphones have anywhere from 4-6 camera lenses. The electronically tinting glass helps hide those ugly camera lenses until you need them, and what’s more, the tinting ability also works as a filter, helping darken videos that are shot in harsh daylight, preventing burnouts. You’ve really got to give OnePlus a round of applause for really pushing boundaries in this surprising new direction. In a world where wraparound screens, small bezels, and folding displays seem to be the only way to gain attention, OnePlus has done so with a feature that’s creative, innovative, and helps smartphones look and perform better. Hats off!

Designers: OnePlus & McLaren

Image Credits: Android Authority, Ayush Singh Patel

Razer’s Kishi controller snaps to the sides of your smartphone so you can play Fortnite like a Pro

Let not its diminutive and cute name fool you… because the Razer Kishi is an absolute badass. The tiny controller unit snaps to and connects with your phone to give you an incredibly dexterous, minimal-latency gaming experience on your phone. Designed to work just the way the Switch does, or Xbox’s Project Cloud Concept hopes to, the Kishi opens up into two halves that sandwich your phone in between. A Type-C connector plugs into your phone too, allowing you to have a nearly zero-latency gaming experience, while a fully equipped controller setup (complete with two thumb-sticks, a D-pad, action buttons, and shoulder buttons) lets you dominate your game in a natural way, without struggling with touchscreen buttons.

Razer isn’t a new player in the mobile gaming market. It launched a similar controller called the Junglecat last year which relied on Bluetooth connectivity, providing a slightly higher latency than a plug-in controller. Needless to say, by directly connecting via the Type-C port, the Kishi provides better response times, which is arguably one of the most important things to a gamer. The Type-C connector also allows passthrough charging by allowing you to juice up your phone while playing. The Kishi is universally compatible with Android phones (there isn’t a lightning connector version for iPhones) and uses its Gamevice belt system to secure itself onto phones of all sizes… even the XL ones. Slated for an ‘early 2020’ release, the Kishi will be compatible with Google Stadia and Project xCloud too. The company is working closely with NVIDIA and is also a part of their GeForce NOW Recommended Program. Needless to say, you won’t be able to play games in portrait mode with the Kishi… but it makes a great case for landscape gaming on the mobile… and who knows, some may prefer carrying this around over a Nintendo Switch.

Designer: Razer

Image Credits: engadget