Hipsters who want the retro chic of a cassette player without the bother of wires are in for a treat with the launching of a Bluetooth 5.0 enabled cassette player on Kickstarter.
Its developer NINM Lab says the IT’S OK Bluetooth 5.0 cassette player is meant to bring a new perspective to the romanticism of the ‘80s cassette player.
“As time passes, music has become digitised and everything is convenient. But a cassette tape is still romantic and unforgettable,” it says, on the product Kickstarter page.
It adds that using Bluetooth 5.0 technology over the last generation Bluetooth 4.2 allows for higher transfer speed and volume of data, plus better transfer distance which extends the reception range of the device.
The device still supports wired headphones with a 3.5mm jack, and features some typical cassette player functions like an auto stop system at end of tape, five analogue keys to Play, Forward, Backward, and Stop a tape, plus a fifth to Record over the tape.
The dimensions are 118mm x 84mm x 33.5mm, weighing in at 152g without the two AA batteries it needs. It has an LED indicator to show the Bluetooth is on and a built in microphone to record.
NINM Lab says the IT’S OK cassette player is able to record over tapes and comes with a blank cassette tape capable of storing 60 minutes of audio.
“Unlike the convenience of smartphone technology, a box of cassette tapes has time limitations. Because of this, only the most significant and meaningful dialogue is recorded,” it says.
Inspired by ‘80s and ‘90s cassette players, the device has a transparent cover so users can see the cassette tape currently playing. The body comes in three colours: Sakura pink, Cloud white, and Evening navy blue.
The devices are currently being sold at a 15% discount – HK$588 (RM312) for all models – while limited units of the Sakura pink are still available for Super Early bird prices at HK$498 (RM264).
The company is based in Hong Kong and will honour worldwide shipping, though international orders may be subject to import taxes and handling fees. Shipping is expected to start in December.
NINM Lab has experience on Kickstarter, previously launching another retro tool, the Instant Magny 35 SLR camera accessory last year and the I’M Fine disposable camera last November.