Not many people would enjoy the idea of having to take out their smartphone while working out to change music. There’s a level of focus necessary to really get the most out of a workout, and doing that will definitely make sure it’s never achieved.
Swiss inventor Yves Steinmann’s Skin wearable hopes to make that small but annoying situation an afterthought. It’s a simple black wristband that uses Bluetooth to connect to a device in order to control music without an app.
The minimalist device features mini-USB rechargeable battery that lasts a few days, is made with sweat-resistant material, and is adjustable to ensure a close, comfy fit. Each Skin wearable goes for about $30 and is expected to ship April 2016. Its Kickstarter campaign is looking for about $8,800 by November 26th, 2015.
Affordable as it is, Skin could seek to have a lot more skin in the game. The problem it seeks to address isn’t the biggest problem out there and besides, it already has a million solutions out in the market. Any pair wireless headphones with some sort of control is a much better alternative to Skin or even something like BTunes. Affordable as Skin is, it isn’t very compelling overall.