Wearables have been the absolute rage lately, so it’s hardly surprising that one of the largest audio equipment companies of the world just released another one of their one.
Bose has essentially designed a wearable speaker that sits on your neck like a neck pillow while you listen to music. It’s basically somewhere between a portable speaker and a Bluetooth headset.
This speaker is designed to be convenient for people who are constantly on the move as it sits on your body and can play music for up to 12 hours at a time. Functionality is effectively the same as any Bluetooth devices, and the speakers can be controlled using an integrated smartphone app. The 3-button control system on the device lets users adjust music volume, alter playback and even talk to virtual assistants like Siri.
While the speakers might seem cool initially, once you begin to look at feasibility, it starts to look redundant by the minute. What we’re asking is, did we really need wearable speakers? Is the device really solving a problem?
If a person is constantly on the move, there’s a good chance that they’re constantly traveling through public places, and more than once end up in situations where you can’t listen to music on a speaker. How will a wearable speaker help them then?
Last but not the least, when it comes to speakers and headphones, portability and privacy do not go hand in hand. Nobody wants their phone to start ringing on a speaker at the metro and then have to fumble to disconnect the device before receiving the call. While normal portable speakers are designed for small groups, these SoundWear Companion Wearable Speakers look like they’ve been designed for the individual, and we’re not sure it’s going to work.