Video game console company Atari has released a'Speakerhat' baseball cap with stereo speakers embedded inside. Atari, best known for its 1977 Atari 2600 home game console, says that the hat has high-fidelity stereo speakers and a microphone that can connect instantly to any Bluetooth-enabled device. The Speakerhat also has a multiplayer mode that will allow multiple Speakerhat users to pair up with one another and listen to the the same audio stream in sync. According to Atari, the wearable can connect to any smartphone, tablet or personal computer to play any music or other media content. The feature also allows for making and accepting phone calls and receiving voice commands.
Atari's mounting a comeback with the Ataribox, its first game console in decades, but it's also selling baseball caps with built-in speakers. The Speakerhat is part of "Atari Connected Life," a subdivision that's "all about retro, arcade & mobile gaming, modern PC & console games. The, uh, "wearable" is actually made by Audiowear and though technical details are scant, it's exactly what it looks like: a snapback cap with stereo speakers built into the underside of its brim. The speakers connect wirelessly to phones and tablets via Bluetooth, and there's even a built-in microphone for phone calls and voice controls. As if people attaching portable Bluetooth speakers to their backpacks and blasting their music out loud wasn't annoying enough, now we're gonna have to deal with jerks pumping up their tunes through their friggin' hats?
Atari might be best known for classic video gaming, but now the company is debuting a new line of wearables. The first product in the "Atari Connected Life" line is called the Speakerhat, powered by Audiowear. The possibilities are endless.) is exactly what it sounds like: a baseball cap with embedded high quality speakers -- not headphones, but speakers in the bill of the cap -- and a microphone that uses Bluetooth to connect to devices. It's not clear whether users can swap the tech into a different SpeakerHat, but the components look pretty integrated from the pictures. That's great news, considering they're marketing this to a wide range of people, one of which is "fitness enthusiasts" who, you know, sweat.
Yes, Atari's speaker-equipped hats are very much real. At the last possible minute, the game brand has started selling the Speakerhat to the masses. Pay $130 or more ($100 until January 2nd) and you too can get a cap with Bluetooth stereo speakers that put your phone's sound inches in front of your forehead. The standard models include a conventional Fuji Blackout cap as well as blue and black snapbacks, while limited edition hats commemorate Pong (above) and the nod to Atari in Blade Runner 2049.
And it wasn't just the weekly political dramas, sexual harassment scandals or a massive security breach that affected nearly half the population that had us down. There was also a slew of terrible consumer devices that sullied our mood this year. Before we say goodbye to them, though, let's relive the horror one last time. Here's hoping that 2018 brings us better gadgets than this sorry lot.