Modularity Beats Obsolescence
I have two boys, and I can’t tell you how many headphone sets we’ve blown through in our home – usually because of the point of failure between cable and where it joins with the actual headset: it just wears out overtime, and then you have to throw the whole thing out. A huge waste, and not at all sustainable.
A while back, my son bought a pair of headphones from Sol Republic (solrepublic.com). Last week, one of the wires gave out. But this company has designed it’s headphones for modularity, so all my son had to do was order a new wire. It just arrived and he plugged it in and is now back up and running, without having to pay for a whole new set – or throw away his old one.
The modularity also enables customers to mix and match the various components to build exactly what they want, and even express themselves in the process.
That’s cool, and deserves to be recognized.
So I am.