Apple fans who want only the finest in communications fidelity should skip the iCups, but Apple fans who want a good laugh will find plenty to like.
A new product launched on Tuesday with the aim of revolutionizing the way people communicate with each other. No, I’m not talking about Apple’s iPhone 6. I’m talking about iCups, a mold-breaking design loaded with elegant simplicity, portability, and a complete lack of practicality.
If the world valued restraint and ease-of-use over flash and high-tech promises, then the launch ofiCups on Kickstarter would have overshadowed Apple CEO Tim Cook’s moment in the spotlight. Instead, iCups is fighting for attention and funding to reach its $10,000 goal. If that momentous figure is attained, then iCups will be able to get its retro-futuristic product into the hands of its willing backers (of which there are only nine right now).
The iCups are “pure communication.” They are two silver cups connected by a jaunty light-green string. This isn’t your childhood version of cups-on-a-string — actually, I lie. It is pretty much your childhood version of cups-on-a-string. But it’s so much more than that. The cups are crafted from high-quality paper. The arts-and-crafts string offers “superior sound quality,” a considerable upgrade over your mom’s garden twine. Run-time and stand-by time are eternal and you can handle most repairs yourself.
If you’re not convinced yet, then consider the multifunctional properties of the iCups. They double as beer containers and ocean-sound generators. They won’t negatively impact your phone bill. You can’t connect to Comcast with them (unless you’re personally standing near a Comcast rep). Also, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak found them to be extremely funny, judging by photo evidence of him opening up a box of iCups.
There are heaps of early-bird $7 pledges still available for iCups, but you might want to consider one of the affordable upgrade options, like the $10 special Christmas edition with red string or the $15 long-distance model with a 128-inch-long string for conversations that need more room to breathe. In reality, iCups are probably best used as a gag gift, which would work equally well for Apple fans (“Yippee, it looks like an Apple product!”) and fandroids (“Oh no, not an Apple product. I thought you loved me.”).
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