Even Karoo’s buttons were tested to outrageous mechanical limitations.
We believe that, 10 years from now, we will laugh about how we had a single device that did everything.
We see the Kindle from Amazon as one of the earlier purpose-built devices that provide the best possible experience for a specific use case: reading.
Many of the functions of a smartphone are at odds with one another.
For example, the degree to which a smartphone provides a good video viewing experience, with a nice big screen and the large battery that such a screen requires, is also the degree to which it becomes hard to carry.
Cyclists do not wear gym shorts and t-shirts to ride, even though these may suffice. Well, Not It was clear, early in our design process, that Karoo’s ability to withstand the torturous conditions we sometimes put our bikes (and ourselves) through would be critical to the device’s success.
Cyclists do not want to strap their smartphones to their handlebars for an ultimately similar reason: a smartphone makes a poor cycling computer. Right now, they are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on purpose-built computers that we feel aren’t even very good. Our hardware team spent months pulling apart an enormous variety of new and used devices — some marketed as “rugged,” and some not — to learn about how it’s been done before, and how we can do it better.
Of course, again, the device’s screen will always be there, but we wanted to leave the door open for functionality that won’t be realized immediately upon its release.
To that end, we look forward to the many ideas that the world has for Karoo! Dedicated Mount Simply put, no phone case is going to mount to your bike as solidly as a dedicated computer.
We have lived in a world that has been largely governed by the smartphone paradigm for exactly a decade now.