Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Headflat makes your smartphone hands free, makes you look a bit stupid

One of the things Google aims to “fix” with Google Glass is the current situation where everyone walks around with their heads down and hands cupped around a smartphone. You can’t see where you are going, and both your hands are tied up playing with a device.
But why spend $1,500 on a work-in-progress pair of glasses when $49 on a head mount and cap will also solve the problem? That’s what inventor Dirk Keune is hoping you’ll be thinking and willing to spend by backing his Kickstarter for the headflat.
The headflat is effectively a cap with a universal mount and smartphone dock attached to it. When worn, it puts your smartphone within line-of-sight, and does so hands-free. Keune says this allows you to watch movies, read ebooks, and video chat all while leaving your hands free to do other things.
The headflat also ships with a wireless controller. With it you can play games, again without having to hold the phone and offering better input than tapping and sliding your fingers across a touchscreen. But it does mean your hands are no longer free.
The biggest problem the headflat has is it makes you look pretty stupid when wearing it. It’s also going to draw attention to the fact you have a smartphone attached to your head, and one that’s much easier to grab seeing as you don’t have a firm grasp on it.
Keune is asking for $100,000 on Kickstarter to help fund headflat and make it a reality. Early adopters can secure one for $49, which includes the headflat, controller, and two games for iOS orAndroid devices. Once the early bird slots are taken the price goes up to $79, and it will eventually be $99 at retail if it gets funded. You can also get 2 headflats for $119, 5 for $382, and a 10 pack for $769 if you have a lot of friends tired of using their hands.

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