Getting through the modern work day means having enough juice powering the connected devices needed to get from point A to point B. Because of this, there’s no worse feeling than seeing a battery indicator turn red as it begs for more power. People usually carry around charging cables and power banks to mitigate the problem, but in the end, no one really wants to do either.
Inspired by his childhood in Brooklyn, New York during the Golden Age of Hip Hop, Louis W. Colon III’s ATILIUM is an effortless blend of nostalgia and practicality. Immediately, the power bank’s slim design draws attention because it was made to resemble a pager, a cultural icon immortalized in countless songs, movies, TV shows and literature from the decade. By combining this design with a 4400mAh battery, the pager is resurrected for a more modern purpose. ATILIUM even comes complete with a backlit LCD display like the pagers of yesteryear, capable of displaying the time, remaining battery, and even those messages only the closest of friends could decipher. $60 gets those looking for a dose of nostalgia their very own ATILIUM power bank, slated to ship in November 2016. Creator Louis W. Colon III is looking for $20,000 by August 14th, 2016 to see success.
Although bare-bones, the ATILIUM power bank boasts a sizeable battery for the most common everyday devices and a charming form factor that will no doubt turn heads. The lack of connectivity isn’t the worst thing in the world, either — it’s not like anyone is clamoring for a connected power bank. In that way, it’s nice to see a product that focuses on being what it wants to be, a clever throwback to the tenets underlying the very best The Aof hip-hop at the time and exactly what makes ATILIUM a winner.