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Phone too big? Here's a 'thumbs up' fix

PROBLEM SOLVED: Thanko's thumb extender can help users reach all corners of a large phone.


    Sep 26, 2014

    Phone too big? Here's a 'thumbs up' fix


    HUMAN thumbs are just too stumpy to navigate super-sized smartphone screens, but a Japanese gadget maker has a solution: a thumb extender.

    Thanko is selling a silicone-based device called the Yubi Nobiiru, or "stretched finger" for 1,480 yen (S$17) apiece. A conductor at the gadget's tip ensures the screen registers its touch.

    The product lets users master large-screen devices like the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy Note with just one hand.

    The fake digit slips over the thumb to produce a life-like appendage boasting an extra 15mm of length. Users can then reach any spot on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus' screen, great for commuters clutching a briefcase or a subway strap on packed trains.