Some of the smartphone inventions debuted at CES 2014 seem more like science fiction than reality, and yet most will hit shelves later this year.
Though these smartphone add-ons could be sold separately, many inventors are hoping to get picked up by one of the big manufacturers. "If you come up with a good idea the reality is that you're going to get sold for a high price," said Ben Wood of CCS Insight. "It's palpable here - you can feel there are people scouting the show floor desperately looking for that next big thing." A few years back, Authentec showed off its fingerprint technology which later appeared in Apple's iPhone 5S.
This year, companies have debuted a variety of hardware for smartphones; any of which could be that next big thing the tech giants are looking for. Louisiana-based Yellow Jacket has created a case that not only protects your phone but can double as protection for the user. This case comes with a 650k volt electrode; that's right, this iPhone case is a stealthy stun gun. Meanwhile, California-based Scandu is developing a health-checking scanner called Scout. The Scandu Scout promises to be able to measure heart rate, skin and core body temperatures, respiratory rate, and blood oxygen levels among other readings all on your smartphone's screen. "Advancements in battery technology are lagging the advancements in mobile telephony technology," explains Chris Jones of Canalys which explains the vast number of charging cases at CES 2014. Florida-based Prong unveiled its PocketPlug case which has built-in, pop-out strips of metal that allow your phone to be plugged into any US outlet.
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