We all love our smartphones, but there are some definite times when we can’t or shouldn’t be staring at or holding our phone. The inspiration behind Pinn was the humble pager of yesteryear, but don’t let that frighten you off. Pinn looks to be a device that will fill an important niche for a lot of people. The product has recently launched on Kickstarter, so let’s see what it’s all about.
You can see just by looking at looking at Pinn that it looks a bit like a Bluetooth headset. Now, it does include a Bluetooth headset, but it’s got so much more to offer. The main body features an OLED screen that will display any notifications you receive. You can then respond to those notifications using your voice, all without taking your phone out of your pocket, purse, backpack, etc.
Pinn is comprised of two main parts: the body, which includes most all of the important features, and the earbud. When combined, it can be used as a speakerphone for calls, or a regular old speaker for music. It displays notifications from your phone, and can even be used as a selfie button if you’re into that kind of thing. The main body also includes a 3.5mm audio port, so you can turn any wired headphones into Bluetooth headphones — or possibly get around your phone’s lack of a 3.5mm audio port.
The earbud acts as, well, a Bluetooth headset. Simply remove the earbud from the main body and your call, music, GPS, etc. will be routed through the earbud. Place the earbud back into the main body and the speaker will take back over. The earbud is rated for 75 minutes of continuous call use, and the body can fully charge the earbud twice. Other battery stats: Pinn can remain in standby mode for 38 hours, though you’ll probably need to charge it nightly under regular use using the MicroUSB port.
Pinn is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, and right now you can get in on the action at the Super Early Bird level for $119USD. There are only three days left for that deal, but after that you can still get a discount at the Kickstarter price of $169USD. Pinn is expected to retail for $199USD, so a $30 discount isn’t too shabby. They’ve currently raised over $15,000 of their $25,000 goal, and with 39 days left in the campaign I’d say they have a pretty good shot at hitting that goal.
Check out the video below, and then head to the source link after that if you like what you see and want to learn more or support their campaign. Be sure to let us know what you think about Pinn in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.