Techno-Gong: Hiding Gadgets In Plain Sight

Techno-Gong: Hiding Gadgets In Plain Sight

Range Govindan
Jun 16, 2009

One of the things that we really like is the fact when some of our devices are hidden in plain sight. Don't get us wrong, we love our gadgets, but sometimes it's just better to have them hidden away than cluttering up our desks and shelves. This gong is a variation on this idea. You'd never expect this thing to have any other function than being decorative, but you would be wrong. This gong is a whole lot more.

This eye-catching gong is actually called Gong by its designer Daria Shashorina, and combines an AM/FM internet radio light. Sounds like a lot of features, but using decorative items that have hidden functions is a great way of keeping technological items out of sight. Not that we don't like our gizmos, but having them all around the house isn't the best way to decorate a home. This way, they double as decorative items. This Gong seems innocuous enough until you realize that it has a few extra functions that aren't apparent to the naked eye.

That's not all. This gong actually has no buttons. All of the functions of the radio are controlled by touch and gestures. By passing your hand along the chrome edge, you can tune the radio and change the volume. The loudspeaker is actually decorated in a traditional Russian style. Just like the vase computer, this apparently simple object holds something complicated inside. [via MoCo Loco, images by Daria Shashorina]

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