I was all ready to trash WristBoom, and then I thought of my grandmother. Well, alright, there were a couple of stages in-between, but I had to drop the “cynical geek” persona and think outside the bubble to properly appreciate a chunky Bluetooth speaker you wear strapped to your wrist. And, while I’m still not sure this is the product the world has been holding its breath for, that’s not to say I’m unconvinced by its odd charms.
We’re spoiled for choice with portable speakers, really. On the one hand, options from players like Jawbone offer a surprising amount of volume and quality from a form-factor small enough to drop into a bag. On the other, smartphone and tablet speakers themselves are generally improving; they’re not all as good as HTC’s BoomSound, true, but sufficient for some impromptu playback.
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