Posted Thu Jan 29, 2015 at 08:00 AM PST by Brian Hoss
A surprisingly useful product.
One of the more interesting products I encountered at PAX South was the Glomtom. Having recently been at CES, I'm no stranger to out of the box thinking in product design, but the Glomtom nevertheless threw me for a moment.
A first glance, the Glomtom seems like a pillow with a controller pocket, and one that gamers everywhere having been living without for decades on end. But actually sitting down and using the product is a different story. The idea is that by resting a controller bearing pair of arms on the Glomtom, the player is more comfortable and can sit up while playing. Using a Glomtom briefly at the show seems to bear this out, and the reason is pretty simple, it's like going from a chair without armrests to one with armrests. As someone who tends to sit cross-legged whenever I get tired of slouching on the couch, I can appreciate the idea of using something like the Glomtom.
The Glomtom is built of soft foam and wrapped in microfiber. It's shaped to rest around user's mid-section and sports bonus in the way of pocket big enough to hold a controller or two.
This comfort comes at a cost, some $60 right now, and that price (a full game price), whether based on the price of game accessories, home theater accessories, or else pillows and other cushions/pads, seems very reasonable to me. I'm personally extremely curious to see if the Glomtom can solve the problem of using a tablet or Vita when sitting up in bed.
The Glomtom is a Kickstarter product and can be ordered direct from the company's website.
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