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Planning For Something Other Than Obsolescence

on Monday, Apr. 21st

Perhaps the last thing the gadget world needs in another Jambox, the portable bluetooth connected speaker that has what seems like a half a million clones already.

The videos marketing German manufacturer Binauric’s Boom Boom appear to position the device as exactly that: just another hyper-designed speaker. Wired’s Liz Stinson, shows that the Boom Boom is more than meets the eye–and ear.

When you purchase the Boom Boom, a polygonal speaker designed by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, it comes with all the basic features you’d expect: audio playback, conference call capabilities, the option to sync up two speakers.

But in a clever move, Binauric loaded the speaker with excess components like an accelerometer, light sensors and microphones that allow the device to take on new functionalities as they’re developed. “These are like sleeping components that are waiting to be woken up,” Lehanneur explains.

This cuts against the grain of how consumer technology is designed and marketed in this day and age, but as sensors improve and even become commoditized is it possible that we will see more designs like the Boom Boom which attempt to “future proof” the hardware?

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