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BelfieStick & 7 Other Silly Smartphone Accessories

From the BelfieStick to a speaker that looks like a 1980s-era cassette tape, InformationWeek looks at the truly silly in smartphone accessories. Dumb? Yes, but we love them anyway.
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Earlier this month, InformationWeek looked at those parts of technology that we just love, which included everything from crazy robots, to video games, to enterprise apps. Now, before the month is up, we're highlighting smartphone accessories we think are just as silly, if not sillier than the BelfieStick.

For those of you who know the BelfieStick, you're welcome.

For those that don't, the easiest way to describe it is as a sign of the end of civilization. It is a stick that allows you to take a butt selfie. Yes, a butt selfie, which is exactly what you think it is. You take a picture of your hindquarters looking oh so fine. Of course, unless you've got really long arms, most people can't take a picture of their own rear end. The easiest way is to get a friend to help, but that wouldn't be a s(b)elfie anymore. The second easiest is to use a mirror, but presumably the makers of the BelfieStick don't think the people who take belfies are smart enough to handle the angles of that. Maybe they think the reason you are taking the picture is you have no mirror and you want to see what your derriere looks like.

At any rate, believe it or not, this may not be the funniest smartphone accessory for sale in America today. The BelfieStick actually does, in fact, do a job. And it is can be used to do other similar jobs like knocking things off tall shelves or reaching around to scratch your back (or backside). The fact that people want to take belfies isn't the fault of the stick.

We've gathered potentially more useless, if not more silly accessories. They look all the more silly considering that this week we covered the fact that smart phones are now being used to power accessories that provide AIDs tests, detect heart disease, and help monitor blood sugar. We suggest you read the list of silly accessories first, and then, if you need to cleanse you pallet, you can go over and read about the serious uses. Doing it the other way around might drive you to drink.

But rest assured, if you are driven to drink, we have an accessory to prevent you from driving drunk. Check out the list, tell us your favorites, and then post any similarly useless accessories you've seen. And, if you actually have a good accessory, share it with us, too.

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SachinEE
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2/25/2015 | 12:38:33 AM
Re: Where do I sign up?
"When going to clubs you can take it with you and measure your alcohol intake. Not just that it can tell you whether your mouth is ready for the date or not."

@yalanad: Really nice idea! I wonder if people are really going to take this idea seriously or dismiss it on account of foolery.
SachinEE
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2/25/2015 | 12:35:58 AM
Re: iPrank cracked screen guards
the iPrank cracked screen is terrible, yet funny in its own way. It doesn't add usefulness in any way, but it makes up for the shocked faces and funny explanations. 
Kelly22
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2/23/2015 | 11:54:41 AM
Re: I had to laugh
I love the cassette recorder speaker and the cracked screen sticker (though I feel like I'd be tempting fate with that one). The rock case looks like it would do a better job of protecting my iPhone than my OtterBox.
glenbren
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glenbren,
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2/21/2015 | 6:00:53 PM
Re: I had to laugh
 They probably don't know why the call button on their smartphones look curved 

It's true! Probably a lot of them have never even seen a phone that looks like that.

I was disappointed that you can no longer get the Aura Ball, lol, so I did a search in Google Play, and wouldn't you know - they have aura readers, and crystal balls, and tarot and palm readers. You name it, they have it!
tjgkg
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2/21/2015 | 1:21:03 PM
Re: The aura ball
A lot of these take me back to the '70's. The aura ball is like the mood ring. The rock cover, the pet rock. The cassette, is the cassette. Those were good times.
tjgkg
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2/21/2015 | 1:19:02 PM
Re: I had to laugh
Cassettes also came in different levels of quality. Remember the chromium tapes and other types of tapes? They were supposed to be better. Other tapes were optimized for conversations. Now you can EQ that on a sound file.
tjgkg
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2/21/2015 | 1:16:31 PM
Re: BelfieStick C& 7 Other Silly Smartphone Accessories
The rock was as useless as the Pet Rock from the 70's!
tjgkg
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2/21/2015 | 1:12:33 PM
Re: I had to laugh
I remember using a pencil to rewind the tape too! I also remember having to clean and demagnatize the tape heads on my Walkman and other tape devices. I don't miss FF and REW trying to find the start of a song.
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2/21/2015 | 9:14:11 AM
mega size ipads
Mega size ipads have many real use cases:

* user friendly desktop

* kiosk

* tele presence for a small meeting room

* in door interactive ad displays

* large screen game simulators

So I like it for real.
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2/20/2015 | 5:29:53 PM
Re: BelfieStick C& 7 Other Silly Smartphone Accessories
These were very funny! I don't get the rock. The casset player speaker is cool. The fake broken screen would be an awesome April Fools joke to torture my family with- muhahahaha (evil laugh) :)
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