Dear Eve family,
We are excited to publish the survey results for the Most Wanted Products of 2019! This was our first step to decide what projects we will take on next!
The most wanted products of 2019
First of all we would really like to thank everyone for taking part of the survey as well as participating in in-depth discussion for each product category. We have shared our survey with the community, the press and through our newsletter, and we have received over 2000 responses from the three sources combined. Surprisingly, despite the fact that the survey was shared to different audiences we have received very similar responses.
743 community members took part in the survey, and in our opinion they provided us with the highest quality input. For that reason, we will use quotes from the community as well as survey responses as we go through our key findings from the survey.
What is missing in the tech world today?
To us it feels that generally, most people are looking for either:
- a better value product with fewer “extra” features.
- a product to match a particular use case, that is not yet on the market.
Here are some of the quotes that show what people are looking for:
Privacy oriented products
Technology that is built to last, we need to stop planned obsolescence. Not just for the environment but to bring value back to the actual tech you are buying.
Products that look at the needs of people rather than at what the competition is doing: who cares about .1 mm thinner stuff or 50 g lighter stuff, it feels more like a race than innovation. I think a polished device that fully develops established technologies would be great, so something modular, with good battery life, a good screen, a a vast array of functionalities would me my choice (a bit vague I know, but that’s kind of what I want in the device, something that allows me the maximum freedom regarding what I can do with it)
There are too few truly great ultrabooks. Dell revolutionized the field with the XPS 13, but they haven’t really kept the ball rolling since, the Surface Book/Laptop are priced insanely high, …
What product categories you are most excited about and see the most room for improvement?
As you can see a lot of people went for a laptop or tablet as top products for us to work on next. Initially we thought that it might be the bias of our community since it originally gathered around the V, but to our surprise we have seen a similar distribution from the press surveys. Now let’s have a closer look at some of these categories…
Laptops / Tablets
In case of laptops, people were looking for a laptop with flagship specs at a reasonable price point with either emphasis on casual gaming or professional work.
As for tablets, people picking this category seemed to want a better Surface GO. There was also quite a lot of interest in Snapdragon-powered tablets.
After going though the results, it also seems that many respondents picked both categories because they were looking for a way to express ‘2-in-1’, which wasn’t available as a separate category. We do know a thing or two about 2-in-1s, so don’t be surprised if they make another appearance on our project list eventually!
We were a bit surprised to see the smartphones category rate so highly but we found a curious pattern here: Respondents were often especially excited about some smaller category like headphones or monitors, but since they could pick three many picked it as a third option ‘because they could’.
That said, there was still a lot of interest in a non-mainstream smartphone with a focus on durability and upgradability/separability instead of state of the art tech and super-thin design.
Generally I would say this post summarizes people’s rationale for choosing smartphones as an interesting option pretty well:
And @Smyler316’s general take on the same question:
It was extremely surprising to see docks come out as the fourth most poplar category. The conclusion here is that you might have different devices and computing styles. Some use a V, some use a MacBook, but all of us need more ports to get more from our devices and a good dock provides the needed flexibility.
I think @mirv has put it really well: Adherance to existing modular standards is the key here!
In general the main pain points seem to be:
- a lack of Android alternatives to the Apple Watch.
- too short of a battery life.
- lack of cross-OS compatibility.
These quotes below from the survey summarize the overall sentiment well:
A true android alternative to Apple watch - premium but at a price point that reflects redundancy after 2/3yrs
A smart watch with one week battery life
Smartwatch- Low profile, 3-4 day battery life, IP68, LTE, works with all phone OS’s. Smartphone
Mini-PC was also a surprisingly highly rated category. People feel that Mini-PCs should be designed with modularity in mind, as well as compatibility with with docks and monitors.
Based on the survey, headphones have a lot of potential in terms of the bang for the buck. While headphones haven’t been in the top of the chart it seems people have very specific pain points, and ti is clear that they see much room for improvement there.
- A good pair of ANC cans will cost you around 400, though people feel 200 is a much fairer price point.
- People seem to have a lot of issues using their headphones to make good quality phone calls.
- Device support (Windows PC, iOS devices, etc.) is lacking.
Some of the golden nuggets from the community and survey:
Wireless headphones that could connect to multiple devices (PCs, phones, …), and switch between them seamlessly (really seamlessly, not like current ones do),
Headphones: ANC headphones with actually good active noise cancelling (not Beats/Surface Headphones), actually good interface (not Bose, Sennheiser), actually good aesthetic (not Bose, Sennheiser). Basically, somone needs to build a set of cans with good noise cancelling that LOOK blingy,
Noise cancelling headphones with excellent blue tooth connectivity that does not sacrifice sound quality and comes at a reasonable price ($225 or less)
Smart home appliances
It’s a very interesting category but it is hard to make a concrete conclusion here as there are all kinds of ideas in this section. Starting from creating our own OS all the way to making a smart lock. At a later date, we will discuss this category further in community to get better insights.The reason we need more discussion is because we got replies like these which are good but don’t quite point towards a single, clear product:
Easy to use, good integration with existing Systems
The V being the centre of my home and all home peripherals controlled by it and through it.
High modular, compliant with existing open source projects, secure connectivity
This is especially interesting category as it was mentioned on its own as well as part of people picking AIO and Mini-PC categories. People want simplicity in terms of features. In general, people are looking for a 27-32 inch panel at a fair price, but some people also desire very specific features:
Oh Here we’ve seen kinds of ideas. A few noteworthy responses:
Brain/mind/eye interfaces are coming along nicely in some circles. Hands free/ heads up displays built into eyewear with brain wave pickups are being used/wanted for use in a number of fields.
A smart City solution
Something for vr/ar/mr perhaps?
Smart secure storage (NAS)
Technically, every computing device ever…
Personal Cloud Service
As for the other categories we won’t go into detail as they didn’t get that much traction but if you are interested to find out more about any category let us know!
What has the highest priority for you when buying a product? Sort these from most important to least important
Happy to see the results here and that people go not for the “cheapest” product but for the best value!
Does your “perfect” product already exist, and if yes, what prevented you from buying it?
No comments here Happy to see that there is room for improvement!
Now, what’s next?
What project will we take on with you next? First off, we’re happy to announce that as of today Project: Donald Dock is back in action, and you can participate here. It’s already progressed quite a bit, and now that we’ve wiped off the dust we’re looking forward to making this product a reality!
That’s not all, though. Alongside our docking station project we’ll also be tackling new projects, specifically…
To be announced! Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming crowd development projects from Eve over the course of next week!