By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 07/21/2011
"Awesome!" and "Adorable!" and similar pronouncements were shouted when I displayed the Headphonies® "Stryker" Portable Micro Speaker to my kids! At first, they thought it was a cute little toy like their plethora of figurines from Disney and Hello Kitty, but when I showed them that it was a portable speaker, that actually performed a useful function, they were really into it.
I develop apps (AutoVerbal) that help kid with Autism "speak" so one of the biggest concerns I hear is that the speakers are too quiet. Indeed, Apple does so many things well, but they have a lot of work to do on the speaker front. I believe that having the speakers face down or even away from the user, as in the case of the new iPad, is a design flaw. As a result, a lot of my customers, and users of similar apps, use an external speaker to boost the volume. That's why Headphonies are so cool... the user, often a child, can pick out a speaker that appeals to them personally! They can feel "cool" instead of dealing with the stigma and clunkiness of typical $6,000 dedicated devices.
But the Headphonies are primarily targeted as musical speakers for any device with a 3.5mm audio jack and they do a nice job boosting your song volume. If you want to share your tunes with those around you, it's an affordable and fun option. Their small size means you can throw one in your travel bag, or wear it around your neck thanks to the included clip tether. Their lithium battery can be recharged via the included USB cable, delivering four hours of battery life. You can find them in Best Buy, OfficeMax or Amazon and of course directly from www.Headphonies.com. At $20, they make a nice, unique gift and thanks to their breadth of designs, you should be able to find one for that special person, of any age!