With 2018 coming to an end, it’s time to look back on some of the best of this year’s tech. You don’t need an iPhone to enjoy the best accessories, Android has a huge range. Most of which are cheaper anyway!

There are over 2 billion Android users in the world. That means there must be a lot of smartphone accessories to go with them.

Are you looking to treat yourself, or considering some future Christmas presents? Here are 5 of the best Android accessories of 2018.

Best Android Smartphone Accessories to Buy

2018 has been the year of amazing flagship (and flagship killers) phones. Everything from the Huawei P20 Pro to the Oneplus 6 has had tech fans excited. They come with great new features and some have put the iPhone to shame.

If you’re a proud Android owner, here are some of the best smartphone accessories to get your hands on.

1. Custom Phone Case

Our smartphones go with us everywhere we go, making them an extension of ourselves. So why not personalize your case to match your style?

While phones are getting more and more robust, you don’t want to risk dropping it. If you’re rocking the latest Samsung Note 9, you’ve spent a lot of money on it. If you’re looking to keep it protected with a custom phone case, click here.

2. Battery Pack

Androids are getting bigger batteries and faster charging. But, a battery pack is still essential to keep in your bag. They ensure that you’re never left without a battery and they’re great ways to top up through the day.

There are lots to choose from and they’ll help give you a lot of extra battery life.

3. Selfie Light

Android cameras are getting better and better (looking at you, Pixel 2). So, of course, that means we’re taking more great selfies! But the most annoying thing is when your look is on point but the lighting isn’t.

Now, you can buy a selfie light which attaches to your phone to make sure you have perfect lighting every time. They have a built-in battery so it won’t use up any of your power and they last for a long time.

4. Camera Lenses

To get your Android photos looking more professional, you could try an app. But apps aren’t always that good and they look too fake and filtered.

But you can pick up lenses for your camera for professional shots every time. From fisheye to wide angle and macro lenses, they can help a lot. They’re super easy to use and all it takes is a few shots to see the difference.

5. Wireless Charger

The past few years we’ve seen wires become eradicated. Wireless charging is very popular so there are lots of wireless chargers to choose from.

If your phone has wireless charging capabilities, invest in a good wireless charger. Some are made for certain models and others are more versatile. The Seneo Wireless Charging Pad is a super slim and powerful charger which will give you power fast.

Best Android Smartphone Accessories for Your Device

These smartphone accessories are the best you can get for your Android. They’ll help you get the most out of your phone and do a lot more. 2018 has been a great year for Android phones and these accessories are sure to make your phone go further.

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How NEOFECT Created a Smart Glove (Robotic Arm) That Uses Online Gaming for Rehabilitation

Wearable technology keeps evolving. And it is transforming the way we experience the world. Watches, eyeglasses, rings, bracelets and even smart home devices like the thermostat are changing how we consumer information, monitor our health and use home products. Smart technology has a significant role to play in how people will live in the future.

NEOFECT wants to change how to aid rehabilitation and the provision of clinicial real-time patient data. In an interview with  Scott Kim, Neofect’s co-founder and CEO of the US office, he spoke to us about how he started NEOFECT, the company’s success factors and challenges they have faced in their bid to change physical therapy using online gaming.

Brief summary about your startup

Established in 2010, NEOFECT is a mobile health startup with a vision to deliver an affordable and effective at-home system to aid neuro patients with central nervous system disorders such as a stroke.

Its first product, RAPAEL Smart Glove, combines a wearable device, virtual reality and gamification for rehab exercise, while its software analyzes the data from built-in sensors and provides training tasks based on the patient’s activity level.

The device has been successfully employed by a number of major hospitals in South Korea since December of 2014, and approved for use in the US and Europe. NEOFECT has offices in S. Korea, San Francisco, and Poland.

Why and how it was started

The President of NEOFECT, Ho-Young Ban, experienced first-hand the difficulties faced by stroke patients and their families when his father and two uncles fell victims of stroke.

Although his uncles were fortunate to survive, they had to turn down the rehab therapy because of the costs involved. So, when his friend Young Choi came up with an idea of Rapael, Ban could not resist.

Soon after, their classmate from the University of Virginia’s Darden MBA program Scott Kim joined the team to launch the US operations.

Kim was born with spinal bifida and went through a surgery and a long rehabilitation process, so he immediately recognized the opportunity and became a co-founder and the CEO of the Neofect’s US office.

What has been the biggest success factors

Personal motivation of the founders combined with the latest, most advanced smart technologies have become the major engines behind the company’s success.

– Gamification, which motivates a patient throughout the rehab process. It helps to induce neuroplasticity for hand function of a patient with a brain damage.

Various rehab games are updated monthly and each game targets specific movements such as squeezing the orange for finger flexion/extension and pouring wine for forearm pronation/supination, for example.

– Artificial Intelligence: the software analyzes data from the glove’s sensors and provides training tasks based on the patient’s activity level. The algorithm is designed to enhance learning multiple functions by offering an optimal task at a proper level of difficulty.

– Wearable Device: RAPAEL Smart Glove is a wearable bio-feedback training gadget. Lightweight and designed to fit different hand sizes, it uses the Bluetooth technology to collect the patient’s data.

What are the biggest challenges you have faced launching and running the company?

The biggest challenge was the product’s concept itself. Many people believed that Rapael could be a threat to the therapists. Fortunately, after we launched the program in several hospitals, we’ve been able to prove that our device is designed with the doctors’ and patient’s needs in mind and helps them make the rehabilitation process more efficient.

Which do you think is most important: the right market, the right product, or the right team?

This sounds like a cliché, but the right team is easily the answer to me. With the right people, you can make necessary adjustments based on new information to make sure there is a product-market fit.

My previous job was to lead a team to make mobile apps – without any exception, all great apps loved by users were made by great teams.

Final words for those chasing the startup dream

Never underestimate the importance of execution. Many people waste their time just to validate what they think or others think, or even just to finish the conceptualization.

However, you should “fail fast” in order concentrate your efforts on building a product which has a market demand, and of course, to save time and money as well.

Plus, you should fail while you are small rather than big, if you’re meant to face it. The earlier you do the reality check, the faster you can reach your goal, although it might cost you a couple of failures at the beginning.

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