Runcible, a funky, circular wearable camera/phone

Hmm—I’m not quite sure what to make of this thing, but I’m intrigued by its form factor & materials:

Circular & palm sized. As powerful as a smartphone, but designed with a sense of quiet serenity and longevity. This anti-smartphone can do “smartphone things” like make calls, type, take pictures & video, explore the web and get directions. The rest of the time, Runcible is quiet, beautiful, and truly yours.

NewImage

 

[Vimeo] [Via Dan Rubin]

2 thoughts on “Runcible, a funky, circular wearable camera/phone

  1. It looks beautifully designed and I don’t doubt that it has the potential to offer a unique experience.

    But the BS coming from that video is palpable. I particularly appreciate the criticism of “sustainability” in electronics and then the only “sustainability” they talk about is the wood back… not the electronics and the source of those materials, the labor conditions, mining source…

    The fairphone isn’t sexy but at least it does a better job at addressing those issues of efficacy and transparency. Given it’s more realistic approach to modularity and repairability, CNC a hardwood back from a sustainable source and I think you have a more useful long term product. It addresses the nature of built in obsolescence, disposable electronics in a more meaningful way than “heirloom” every will.

    A convoluted smartphone is not anti-smartphone. It’s nice that it’s easy to disassemble and the software is open source, but given the electronics this is hardly “repairable” to the average user (especially those who are likely to buy it for a novelty internet-of-things experience) and unless the company stays in business for a long time and offers repair services, the price of finding someone willing to repair it is likely to outweigh just replacing it. The theoretical ability to upgrade doesn’t mean there will ever be upgradable parts, especially with novel shapes. That’s not to say that there won’t be those who love a device enough to tinker with the electronics and the source code, but the advertising does not seem aimed at them. I know later on in the text it describes otherwise but the video gives them the impression that it will be for people looking for a unique aesthetic experience.

    Which in the end makes the “heirloom” notion of this device, absurd.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *