There’s been a bit of buzz lately around the Runcible: its beautiful lines, gorgeous warm-hued wooden exterior, and its simplistically chic concept. I mean, who wouldn’t spot this flying-saucer-meets-modernism objet d’art and be curious, right? If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check it out.
It’s basically a new gadget that is supposed to integrate our digital lives in a post-iPhone/iPad sort of way. In fact, it’s actually supposed to become a bit of an heirloom, like a pocketwatch, and is described in the press release as the “first-ever fully round screen and palm-sized form [that] is modeled on devices that humans have always carried with them: the pocket watch, the compass, the magical stone that fits the palm of our hand.” The rest of the marketing copy is alluring too, telling us that the Runcible is the device that’s going to untether us from our non-stop digital lives and allow us to experience the world around us without interruptions and in new ways, while having an interface to our digital lives close by. Oh and did I mention that it has a maps function that is designed not to get you somewhere by the fastest route but instead by the most “interesting” route to promote “discovery”?
Let’s be honest, I’m not sure I entirely understand what it will do or how it will work, but the design is certainly sharp enough to make me curious. It doesn’t seem to be in production yet, but you can sign up at the MONOHM Inc. website to preorder for a late 2015 delivery. Go on, I dare you.