Let’s keep up with the recent development of more open technologies.
Nomad is known for making stylish accessories out of leather and metal. The company is now experimenting with clear plastic. The company has announced a limited-edition version of its 30W USB-C charger with a frosty-grey case that lets you see the complex electronics inside.
Like a lot of modern electronics, there isn’t much to see. Sure, it’s small because it has GaN parts, but you wouldn’t know that just by looking at it. To someone who doesn’t know what they’re looking at, it mostly looks like a cool collection of capacitors, solder joints, and other parts.
Lucky for Nomad, I think that makes it look really cool, especially for people like me who like the look of electrical engineering even if we don’t know exactly what we’re looking at. Aside from the case, there’s not much that makes this charger stand out. It’s just one of many small, 30W chargers with an MSRP of around $30. That doesn’t mean it seems bad, though. It just seems like a routine job well done. The company says it is made to quickly charge iPhones and can even give enough power to a MacBook Air. But still… well, in that case.
The late 1990s and early 2000s, which this tweet calls “the golden age of fun, see-through gadgets,” are now on the list of things that people miss. Even though I like the way Nomad’s product looks (as well as the Nothing Phone and other recent transparent devices), I’d love to see other companies add some color. Imagine a pink iPhone in which the battery, MagSafe magnets, and charging coil were all visible. How about a real Switch or Steam Deck that you can see through? And while I’m making a list of things I wish would happen but won’t, I hope Sony brings back the PSP and makes it clear all at once.