A few tech companies routinely come out with products of such great quality that even the announcement of a new release deserves ample coverage in the media. I’m thinking companies like Apple, Bose, Samsung.
It might be time to add Tribit to that list.
Last month, Tribit unveiled its successor to the popular StormBox bluetooth speaker: the StormBox Micro. By all accounts, the release was a wild success, with the speaker selling like gangbusters. It did not take long for the Grand Poobahs of the world of online tech reviews to coalesce around the Tribit StormBox Micro as this year’s biggest hit. Immediately upon release, CNET’s David Carnoy called the StormBox Micro “one of the best-sounding pocket-sized speakers I’ve heard.” (This is high praise coming from a guy whose job it is to listen to pocket-sized speakers). He also wrote that it “stood out because it was able to deliver more bass than every speaker in its size class.”
Rolling Stone, that august authority on the biggest news in music, listed the Tribit StormBox Micro as #1 in an article “The Best Bluetooth Speakers To Use Right Now.” The writers were “especially impressed at how easy it was to pair two StormBox Micros together. Once connected, you can use the speakers as a stereo pair, or as two mono speakers playing the same song simultaneously.” On the Rolling Stone list, Tribit’s latest offering beats out competing products from legacy players such as JBL and Ultimate Ears, as well as the much-hyped Amazon Echo Plus.
Perhaps the most valuable praise, at least for the purposes of making an informed purchase decision, comes from YouTube influencer Flossy Carter. As anyone who has spent much time on YouTube knows, Flossy knows his audio. But the real reason his opinion on the Tribit StormBox Micro carries so much weight, is that he subjected it to a direct comparison with the Bose SoundLink Micro.
Now, Flossy Carter loves his Bose SoundLink Micro, which he considers his “go-to speaker.” Like other people with their American Express cards, Flossy does not travel without it.
That said, Flossy thinks the Tribit StormBox Micro is better. Watch the video yourself, because a write-up cannot do it justice. Flossy played the two speakers side by side, connecting them to the same phone, same song and same volume level. His conclusion? The StormBox Micro, which is half the price, actually sounds better. No surprise then that he recommended the speaker as a “major, major, major GO.”
WATCH Flossy Carter’s Review:
Labor Market Is Booming…If You Are A Cleaning Robot
Flying cars may still be years away, but in many ways we inch closer to life in “The Jetsons” every day. If iRobot’s Roombas (and their competitors, such as Anker’s Eufy, which we reviewed here) were not similar enough to Rosie the Robot for your tastes, then you’ll be ecstatic to learn about the new trend sweeping workplaces throughout the country.
During the COVID crisis, a new, more advanced type of cleaning robot has taken the office by storm. The Verge interviewed the heads of several of these companies and reported on these new machines, which go beyond cleaning up messes to actually spray viral disinfectant and UV radiation as they amble along. During the pandemic, the demand for these devices has skyrocketed. For example, Xenes, manufacturer of the LightStrike robots, says sales are up 600 percent.
The creepy part about these developments is less about their functioning, which appears genuinely useful, and more about how people talk about them. Like with Moxie the “social support robot,” the elites in business and media seem to be taking it for granted that the current generation of robotics is prepared to become Humanity 2.0. Notice this sentence in The Verge article about the Breezy One, made by a company called Build With Robots:
“Build With Robots says the cost for hiring its machines is between $3,250 and $10,750 a month, depending on the number of robots and the length of the contract.”
I’m sorry, but cleaning machines, no matter how “smart,” should be “rented,” not “hired.” I don’t care if they are equipped with LIDAR or 3D cameras to self-navigate. They are tools, not human labor. Hasn’t this country’s professional class degraded the working class enough as it is? Just wait until one of the robots malfunctions, and the HR department refers to it as a “sick day.”
One last thing, when designing these mechanical helpers, can we please stop giving them eyes? That includes “large mist-producing jet nozzles on top that look like “a pair of swiveling eyes.” I still remember the first time I went to the grocery store and came across Marty, Giant Food Stores’ terrifying automated floor checker. Memo to the nerds who make these things: it’s not cute, so cut it out.
Is The TikTok Tihoo Actually Useful?
Alright TikTokers, you convinced me. After spending countless hours on the ubiquitous app and scrolling through hundreds of Amazon product recommendations, I finally caved and purchased the Tihoo, an electrical desktop dust collector. Now, out of all the products I’ve seen, I can’t tell you exactly why this product is the one I chose to buy. But I can tell you that I don’t regret it. Although the Tihoo wasn’t a necessity for me, would it have been as exciting if it was?
I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure the Tihoo would even work that well, but it was so cheap that I just said screw it. Well, slap my ass and call me Sally because this product literally blew my mind. It’s so simple, yet so useful. It’s essentially a battery powered, handheld vacuum cleaner that picks up all those little crumbs and dust particles that can be a nuisance to clean up yourself. It works on any hard surface and can even be used on carpeting if you’re really feeling lazy. I’ve tried it out on pretty much every surface, including my carpet, and it has yet to disappoint.
For just $15.99 on Amazon, The Tihoo offers an amazing and convenient cleaning solution and will save you from having to manually clean up those annoying little messes again. Shoutout TikTok.
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Longtime We Know Products readers surely remember the first time we covered Bose’s attempt to make speaker sunglasses a thing, all the way back in May 2019. Speaker sunglasses were apparently a much greater success than Bose’s other attempt to get into the “wearables” business, the “SoundWear Companion,” which you can no longer buy on the Bose website. Since releasing their first pair of speaker sunglasses, retroactively named the “Rondo,” and following it up with the “Alto,” Bose has expanded its offerings to include three new styles: the Tempo, the Soprano, and the Tenor.
Bose is putting a lot of marketing dollars into these products, and it’s likely you’ve already seen you favorite Instagram influencers start to flaunt these on specs. But does that mean you need to rush out and buy yourself a pair?
A year and a half later, the best reason to get Bose sunglasses is still being able to cocoon yourself in a world of sound without coming off as standoffish. Unlike AirPods and their knockoffs, wearing a set of sunglasses does not signal to the world that you are currently occupied. Most impressively, despite having to be big enough to blast sound into your ears, the temples are not so large as to clearly indicate a piece of futuristic technology.
For its slogan, Bose is going with “Without the sound, they’re just sunglasses.” Cleverly, this has a double meaning, highlighting the value of music playing from your frames while also making it known that the sunglasses are subtle enough to be worn for style alone.
It remains to be seen if speaker sunglasses catch on, but in 2020 we are much more bullish on the prospect. After high-profile failures of Snapchat and Google, could Bose be the company that finally cracks the code on popularizing “smart” shades? Only time will tell.
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