When I read a book late at night in my bed, there are times when I feel like writing a fleeting thought or a mini-review of my current reading buddy. But when a notebook or phone isn’t near me or I’m too tired to get up, I just tell myself “I’ll write it down tomorrow morning” only to end up forgetting. A device that can help me would be welcome.
Creators: Yujin Je and Hanyoung Lee
This new product concept called Tlas might be the answer to my particular problem. Basically, it’s a book stand that’s also a speaker and recorder. The name itself means “listen and speak” and so you get the best of both worlds whether you’re reading a physical book or listening to an audiobook, and it also gives you the option to record your thoughts if you don’t. not. have a laptop or phone nearby.
The renders of the device look like any other Bluetooth speaker. It’s obviously bigger than most products on the market today, but when you place your book on it, you’ll understand why it’s that big. There are book lovers who will cringe at the thought of breaking the spine and spreading the book over it, but those who don’t care and don’t have a bookmark handy hand will find it useful when reading in bed. Just bend over and place the book, fall asleep, and pick up where you left off when you wake up.
Besides being a placeholder for your book, it also has speakerphone capabilities. Supposedly, you can listen to your audiobooks on it, but it seems that’s only through the app that should come with it. It wasn’t really mentioned if you can connect it to other audiobook apps like Audible. You can also save your thoughts on a specific chapter or save a quote that you would like to remember later. There’s not much information about the connected app so we’re not sure how it will work.
The Tlas device also has a mood light feature so it can act as a light source at night whether you’re reading or sleeping. You can also adjust the volume while you listen to your audiobook or record your thoughts. I would still need to know more about how the device actually works if it becomes a reality before I decide if I want to have one next to my bed or just keep falling asleep on my book and to forget what I wanted to write on The Next Morning.