Gadgets are already personal things, but there’s something a lot closer to the technology you’re wearing (see: smartwatches and maybe in the future, smart glasses). So I think something that fits in the middle between the things you’re holding and things you’re wearing, like a shoulder strap, could be the next big thing.
Motion Boom Plus – Consider Soundcore Motion Boom Plus. A seemingly respectable boombox style Bluetooth speaker from Soundcore, Anker’s audio brand, with 20 hours of battery life from a 13,400 mAh battery, an IP67 waterproof and dustproof rating, and the ability to float.
The sound performance should be equally impressive. Anker claims the Motion Boom Plus has new titanium drivers, “BassUp” technology, and dual 3.5-inch woofers. Combined with passive bass radiators, the company says the Motion Boom Plus “can accurately copy bass notes from any genre of music.”
That’s nice, sure, but I think the real selling point for me is the shoulder strap.
Yes, there’s something even crazier about carrying a giant ass Bluetooth speaker with you for a hike (the Motion Boost Plus straps removed) but the idea itself has legs, though the rejection of the long cultural history of pulling boomboxes around with straps and handles.
Snap Pixy – A shoulder strap – a bit like the handle of a GameCube – marries the slightly impractical shape and size of the gadget with very practical use cases for the handles. They allow you to carry things that might not be easy to carry with just your hands. The little crazy look is a feature, not a bug.
Get Snap’s new Pixy drone. The camera quality may not be impressive, but the real innovation of the Pixy Snap makes it a drone friendly and style. From the hat-like knob on the top of the Pixy that sets the course of its flight, to the bumper with the shoulder strap that acts as Pixy’s cargo, Snap wonders how the Pixy will look to people who want to buy it.
And it will look so good!
Small fabric nubs – I would go further and argue that fabric and a usable piece of technology are always a winning combination. Roku remotes have long had fabric tags for no real reason other than that they look great, and can make it easy for the remote to fish off the couch.
My recommendation to product designers is to hog wild. Put a strap on it! It will look good, and it can be useful.
The Soundcore Motion Boom Plus will be available from Amazon on May 30 for an undisclosed price. Snap’s Pixy is available for $ 249 from the company’s website.