Very interesting. I’m optimistic for this product’s success.
It ticks a lot of my boxes. Recycling is a two-way street – they could get the materials all right, but the consumer has to take action, and I think they’ve made the right decision here:
Recyclers also get discounts on their next purchase.
Connectivity seems great and a competitive advantage unto itself:
Additionally, speakers tend to have fewer components compared to other types of consumer electronics, making it inherently less complicated to dismantle and ship back parts. I think they picked the right kind of product to manufacture as an attempt on this “closed loop” business model, as they call it on their Kickstarter.
Also, it just looks well done. Perhaps it’s a little garish for my liking – I can’t help but compare it to an aquarium – but it’s acceptable and inconspicuous for what it is.
Definitely unconventional. But the thought of The Small Transparent Speaker having low quality hardware never entered my mind. At the rate we replace our electronics, I think consumers will understand what People People are trying to do – or at least the consumers they’re going for...
This will be retailing at $310, which isn’t cheap for any audio product targeted at non-audiophiles, but it’s competitive within the premium Bose/Harmon Kardon/Soundfreaq/etc. segment I think they’re aiming at.