Music to my ears
One of the main issues that I’ve had with the Nintendo Switch is the inability to pair wireless headphones to it whilst playing in handheld. Thankfully for me, a company called Human Things heard the prayers I uttered to the gods of Nintendo and have created the Genki Bluetooth adapter to save day. No, not just the day, the world…..
I recently had a little chat with one of the brains behind this delightful little device. Stay tuned for a full review later this week.
Hello and welcome to Nintendad, congratulations on a successful kickstarter campaign and on reaching the final steps of this journey. The finish line is almost in sight!
If you could introduce yourself, your company Human Things and your product, the GenkiBluetooth adaptor for Nintendo Switch.
There is a similar product on the Market, Gulikit. Aside from the obvious difference in aesthetics, with your own product sharing a lovely synergy with the switch, could you talk about what makes Genki stand out from the competition?
Genki is the original USB-C Bluetooth audio adapter for the Nintendo Switch.There have been a few “copycats” in the market since our campaign but here are some key differences:
- Bluetooth 5 vs 2.0/3.1: not only does our chipset have better compatibility and sound quality; we designed the feature from scratch with the Switch in mind vs Gulikit who basically soldered out-of-production components to a makeshift USB-C board
- AAC codec – the main audio codec for popular headphones, speakers, and smartphones offers great stereo sound at 90ms vs Gulikit’s 200ms (although both support aptX very few headphones today support the standard). This means literally with Apple AirPods you get more than twice the latency with the Gulikit
- True multi-broadcast – leveraging this Bluetooth 5 technology we’re able to pair and transmit to two audio devices simultaneously meaning you can share the fun on-the-go without disturbing others or just chill and enjoy YouTube with a loved one
- Full featured USB Audio – works with many devices beyond the Switch because it’s a real USB audio device and is compatible with PS4 (Gulikit is detected as keyboard), Windows, Mac, Android, and iPad Pro
- Super efficient – Doesn’t require charging and has a pass through charging port, takes only 25 milliwatt of power which is less than 1% of the Switch’s battery and actually consumes less than using the internal speakers.
The pass through feature is absolutely essential to the Genki, allowing charging whilst in use,was this something that was conceptualised from the products inception?
Which ties us nicely into the next question.
You’ve always stayed very up to date with social media, particularly that of the reddit community. Has that proved helpful in addressing issues and concerns from potential backers and has the community directly influenced any changes to the product, for example – the inclusion of a microphone to allow voicechat in Fortnite?
Packaging plays such a crucial role in selling a product, and I really think you’ve nailed it by making yours resemble a Switch game case. How did that come about? Was it to try and hit the lucrative collectors market, or simply so you never forget where you left it?
I personally love the synergy between the Joy Con colours and the product. In future production runs will you look at different colours? Neon Yellow or the deep red to match the Odyssey Joy Cons?
With Smash Bros. Ultimate having an awesome option to put the Switch into sleep mode and carry on listening to the soundtrack, I for one can’t wait to, for example go about the chores, hoovering etc with the Genki connected. What is the range like?
Also, will I be able to connect to my car’s stereo and do the same?
Without doubt you’ll be able to connect to your cars bluetooth headset using the Genki. The product as, earlier mentioned, utilises Bluetooth 5 which means it’s compatible with all devices and future proof too!!