While the audiophiles out there may scoff at the mere existence of a small, highly mobile, wireless ear bud that requires a special case just to charge it, there is no denying that truly wireless ear buds are becoming more and more popular with each passing month. No, Apple wasn’t the first to do it, not even the first to do it well, but man oh man did they do it well. And, we’ve seen the typical post-Apple-success market spike with truly wireless earbuds over the last several months, with more and more players coming into the space.
Why do we always have to be so serious about everything? Nearly every time I visit the Target or Toys R Us toy aisles, I (for the most part) resist the urge to buy a new Nerf gun, or a small inexpensive drone. I resist because, as much as I love being a kid again, I know the generally overpriced slab of plastic is only going to make me happy for the 10 minutes immediately following opening it, which of course is in the car on the way home and no later. (Side note: this is why you only make those purchases when you’re with someone else, so they can drive and you can get that quick toy fix.)
Consumer electronics is a space near and dear to my heart, and I spend most of my time thinking/fantasizing about the goodies I can add to my life that are practical in at least one facet. Phones, network gear, laptop accessories—they’re all things that are supposed to make our every day just a little better because they are either something we need, or something that makes items we already have a bit better.
As you may have read on this site before—I have a relatively basic approach for categorizing headphones into one of three groups. If you missed it, check it out here, or here, or even here. Those categories are as follows:
- Basic ear buds with inline mic – for every day use, generally less expensive, comfortable to the point you forget about them, and usable in most places.
- Studio headphones – for musical or cinematic (or both) adventures; they are your lounging headphones for when you want to zone out in your media.
- Wireless – for the gym, yard work, house work, etc.
Whole home wi-fi solutions are all the rage nowadays, and every major network gear provider has skin in the game—and so does Google. Even Apple’s Airport and AirPort Extreme products offer similar functionality, and the price point doesn’t seem to be as big of a deal as it used to be.
What’s more interesting, though, is that our houses aren’t really getting bigger. I mean, per capita, average square footage doesn’t seem to have increased at the margin that the need for whole home wi-fi solutions indicate they may have. What has changed, though, is the need to always be connected regardless of where in your house (or your yard) you happen to be.