Japan Produces Thumb Extension for Smartphone Users [VIDEO+]
They say necessity is the mother of invention, but some would argue laziness is king these days. Either way, Japan delivers a legit thumb extension for big smartphones.
I'll go ahead and admit it, I carry around a pretty big phone. My bros bag on me a little from time to time, calling it a 'phablet.' (phone-tablet) But it's super useful, and that technology is only growing from now on.
Think of the smartphone as the modern laptop. Now I understand that sounds like an oxymoron, but it's not. The laptop had humble beginnings as thirty pound monstrosities. With an ever-evolving technology, they became lighter, faster, and more powerful than ever.
About ten years ago, laptops started to replace the usefulness of the desktop PC. The traditional 'office' space in the home has been replaced by the living room... all because the modern laptop of today can do almost everything a desktop can do. Yes, there are some things the desktop is much better at. Like streaming videos.
The desktops size allows for the use of a gigantic graphics card, and bigger components to run it. It naturally makes for a better picture and sound. Those are two things you can't make up for with resolution and a pair of Beats... but we accept that as 'good enough' to suffice for now. That's a different tale for another time...
Back to the topic at hand, the laptop is today what the desktop was ten years ago... My point being this - the smartphone is becoming what the laptop was a decade ago. It handles everything our laptop handles... Social media, email, web browsing, entertainment, and gaming... True, it does it on a smaller scale than laptops, but over the last five years, the phone has accelerated beyond what developers expected.
Maybe now you can see the parallel that the smartphone is taking to the laptop.
That leads us to the product at hand... A literal 'Finglonger' from a sci-fi cartoon made ten years ago. As the screens get bigger, the average hand stays the same. Now, I have some pretty big mitts, and I struggle to use my Note3 one handed... The obvious solution is using two hands. Does that mean we need a thumb extension for phones? I hope not. They look ridiculous... but I'd be lying if I said I didn't secretly want one.
The product is listed at $14 USDollars, but is thus far only available in Japan.