Imagine slapping your MP3 player on your arm like a Band-Aid and taking off without a thought about battery life. The Skinny Player is a concept music box that not only behaves like an adhesive strip but also relies on your body heat to give it juice. Simply press the play button and the built-in speakers pump out the jams: no tangled wires, headphones falling out of your ears, or sweaty prints on your iPod.
GETTING THE SKINNY
Conceived by Chih-Wei Wang and Shou-Hsi Fu, the Skinny Player sounds amazing, at least in theory. Each hands-free player, for instance, stores an album’s worth of music. A simple power button turns the music on and off, while embedded speakers broadcast music on the go. You don’t need batteries, either: The Band-Aid-shaped device sticks directly to the skin, tapping into the wearer’s body heat to keep itself charged.
The Band-Aid-shaped device taps into the wearer’s body heat to keep itself charged.
Because the Skinny Player is only a concept, the designers offer few details on the feasibility of their plans, although we’d bet that the Seebeck effect—the conversion of temperature differentials into electric voltage—has more than a bit part to play.
Our only grouse? With only an on/off button on the player, you won’t be able to skip to the next song.