There are some technological innovations that are instantly recognizable as having wider applications and being desirable by a large portion of the population. Then there are those technologies which seem particularly ‘specialized’ and geared towards a very specific demographic, perhaps to the extent that they appear gimmicky or silly. The Samsung Galaxy Surfboard is admittedly of the latter category.
The rather overdramatic commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Surfboard features professional surfer Gabriel Medina. The device is marketed as “a surfboard with a Samsung heart:” the smartphone fits into a slot on the board’s base and allows the user to read their twitter feed from the crest of a wave, or whatever other strange multitasking they wish to engage in. If nothing else, the design is sleek and aesthetically pleasing, and the existence of such a device means that tech companies are focussed on making their tech more durable. The board might be a useful training device for surfers, as it keeps track of conditions at sea and it can receive messages from trainers who want to correct or encourage their surfer protégés.
Currently there’s no word on when or if the surfboard will be commercially available, or what it will cost.