GEEK PICK OF THE DAY Have You Worn the Atari Speakerhat Today

first_img Micro Arcade Lets You Carry Frogger, Galaga, and Pac-Man in Your WalletAtari Explains What ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon’ On Blockchain Even Means Stay on target Near the dawn of the gaming medium, Atari was so dominant that when you talked about playing “Atari”, you might as well have been talking about playing any video game ever. Today, Atari is… not that dominant. But the legacy remains strong. A huge glowing Atari logo even shows up in Blade Runner 2049, a movie that is set in the year 2049. Now that’s a future-proof #brand.But Atari wants you thinking about Atari a whole bunch before we start getting replicants. Sure the company’s still putting out games like an upcoming Nintendo Switch version of Roller Coaster Tycoon. And of course, there’s the mysterious new Atari VCS gaming hardware we sort of got to go hands-on with at the Game Developers Conference. But what if you were more interested in living the Atari lifestyle? What if instead of playing Atari you could just wear it? Put on the Atari Speakerhat.The Atari Speakerhat is, first and foremost, a pretty good hat. I don’t wear too many hats, but I found this one to pretty comfortable. And the branding, while necessary, is pretty tasteful. Our review hat is black with a modest PONG graphic on the front, “1972” written on the back, and a cute Atari logo on the side. Other designs include black and blue hats with “Atari” emblazoned on the front, a black hat with a stylish big black Atari logo, and a Blade Runner tie-in hat.We’ve talked about the hat part of the Atari Speakerhat, so I guess we should talk about the reason this hat was made in partnership with Audiowear and costs at least $99. Sewn into the bottom of the brim of the hat are two pretty nifty looking speakers. Pressing a button on the left side of the hat lets you pair it with your mobile device via Bluetooth. Once paired, you can then play music out of your dang smart hat.Sure it’s a novelty, but it’s a fun one. To test the speakers, I walked around the office playing vaporwave out of my head like I was some kind of walking marble aesthetic art installation. I was still able to pair my phone with Dropmix while connected to the hat. So my Dolly Parton/Commodores mash-ups also got some play time. You’re not even limited to songs. Any sound coming from the paired mobile device will carry over. So I got to experience “Steamed Hams, but it’s coming out of my hat.”The quality of the speakers themselves could be better, but again they are woven into a hat. Also, because the speakers (positioned above your ears) are louder for the wearer than for listeners around you, you’re always encouraged to keep the volume at non-obnoxious levels. The speakers and the embedded battery don’t make the hat overly heavy, and I was impressed by how long the battery lasted.Atari has grand ambitions for all of its new hardware to someday link together, like an internet of Atari things. Ideas include a “multiplayer mode” where Atari Speakerhats are all synchronized to the same source, as well as some kind of communication between Speakerhats and the Atari VCS console. But right now the Atari Speakerhat is a gimmicky but fun way to listen to tunes while showing your appreciation of classic gaming.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more