Affordable Add-on

Consumers opt for cost-effective ways to upgrade existing equipment

Implications - As technology becomes more sophisticated, products designed to accelerate existing features of smartphones and tablets are becoming a cost-effective means to "buy" new gadgets. This shift towards using existing equipment rather than buy new signifies a preference for products that cut costs without sacrificing new, exciting experiences.
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Mild Top 5 Examples: 15,302 Total Clicks Jan 14 - Feb 15
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Virtual Reality iPads - AirVR is a Headset That Leverages iOS Retina Hardware
SCORE: 6.6
Hot 8,426 Clicks Pub: Sep 17, 14
Virtual Reality iPads
AirVR is a Headset That Leverages iOS Retina Hardware
At first glance, the virtual reality iPad headset looks like a clever spoof. But that is only because it requires securing an actual Apple tablet to one’s face, which would be a ridiculous... [More]
Phone-Transforming Chest Plates - The Camrig Miveu Turns Your Existing iPhone Into a POV Camera
SCORE: 3.4
Warm 2,052 Clicks Pub: Aug 5, 14
Phone-Transforming Chest Plates
The Camrig Miveu Turns Your Existing iPhone Into a POV Camera
This handy add-on turns your iPhone into a POV camera. Allowing you to capture video so others can see from your point of view, the Miveu from Camrig consists of a chest mount compatible with either... [More]
Portable Phone Microscopes - This Smartphone Microscope Makes Your Mobile Devices More Scientific
SCORE: 4
Mild 2,100 Clicks Pub: Aug 29, 14
Portable Phone Microscopes
This Smartphone Microscope Makes Your Mobile Devices More Scientific
This smartphone microscope acts as a versatile add-on accessory you can attach to your mobile device or tablet. Currently seeking finances via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, the Catalyst Frame... [More]
Sound-Blasting Phone Cases - The Peri Duo Charges Your iPhone and Plays Music
SCORE: 3
Untested 1,930 Clicks Pub: Dec 29, 14
Sound-Blasting Phone Cases
The Peri Duo Charges Your iPhone and Plays Music
The Peri Duo is an iPhone case that includes battery-charging capability and wireless speakers, and was created by California-based company Peri. This case integrates a 2,500 mAh battery and a... [More]
3D Camera Conversion Gadgets - Poppy 3D Shows You All 3 Dimensions at CES 2014
SCORE: 3.7
Untested 794 Clicks Pub: Jan 7, 14
3D Camera Conversion Gadgets
Poppy 3D Shows You All 3 Dimensions at CES 2014
The Poppy 3D is definitely one of the coolest pieces of tech to come out of CES this year for pretty obvious reasons. With the ability to not only shoot still shots but video in 3D, this is a... [More]