What followed me unpacking the Snuggly Rascals can best be described as an assault by two minors. I don’t have video but some will changes are happening on Monday. It started out with the two year old demanding she get the kitty headband, and what followed was a jealous five year old demanding the Panda set.
Snuggly Rascals produces a headband with a couple of volume-limited speakers floating in the band. The speakers can be moved about the headband by just sort of pushing and pulling them. I discovered this but my kids couldn’t figure it out so their volume was even more limited. This was good because it was about bedtime and I needed to test the speakers out.
The actual audio quality and reproduction will bother someone who’s just been stress testing electrostatic speakers, however I doubt your kid is going to notice jack on YouTube Kids.
I did a little personal testing with the volume cranked, couldn’t get much past slightly loud and annoying. Significantly better than what the kids want to listen at so they’re going to be using these quite a bit.
There’s a social charity aspect here as well where 10% of profits go to support children’s charities, however these are so inexpensive I’m going to ask you go and just donate two bucks to a charity you care for if you’ve actually got the inclination to be socially conscious.
The fabric is washable, the electronic components removable, the only complaint I have is that the 3.5mm audio cable doesn’t detach when a kid drops the iPad or forgets they’re tethered to it. Also feels like the audio cable might be somewhat of a choking hazard, although that would be a stretch.
I’ll be covering more of the use of these when I’ve got more of a feel for them. This of course is entirely kid-dependent.