For those who are struggling to manage the 5.5-inch display on their iPhone 6 Plus with one hand, Japanese gadget maker Thanko seems to have the perfect solution. Called the ‘Yubi Nobiiru’ a.k.a the Thumb Extender, the company has created a thumb-shaped stylus that adds around 15 millimetres to the length of the user’s thumb, making it somewhat possible to operate the iPhone 6 Plus with a single hand (via The Telegraph).
Yubi Nobiiru is flesh-coloured and weighs 11 grams. It costs ¥1,480 (CDN $15) and works with all large-screened smartphones – including the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 and the 5.2-inch Xperia Z3.“This wasn’t specifically designed for the new iPhone but for overall smartphones because screen sizes are getting larger and difficult to handle,” a Thanko spokesman said.
Last year, it was reported that smartphones with screen sizes of 5 inches to just under 7 inches had overtaken shipments of both laptops and tablets in Asia for the first time. Also, an interesting survey referred to by the source reveals that Japanese women like phablets because “the large devices make their heads appear smaller – and being small is regarded as desirable in many parts of Asia.
In addition to Asian regions, demand for phablets is also growing in Europe and America, though many consumers struggle to use the larger screens with one hand. But with thumb extender, all that is about to change, is it?