The whole Design Milk team here has a polyhedron-shaped soft spot for the geometric, so it goes without saying judging on design alone our interest was piqued by designer Mathieu Lehanneur’s eye-catching take on the wireless speaker, the Binauric Boom Boom.
The multi-faceted shape would blend in quite well with some our favorite geometric decorative designs, but this elementary shape has a purpose beyond looking cool: it’s a wireless speaker designed to not only play back immersive sound, but also offer improved 3D audio recording in lieu of a smartphone microphone.
“I wanted a speaker that was as simple, instinctive and enticing as an apple that has just fallen from a tree. A sonorous object ripe for the picking.” – Mathieu Lehanneur
Designed for conference calls – where speakers’ voices and ears are located and coming from all directions – the multi-faceted Boom Boom is ideal for Skype, Facetime and Google Hangouts voice conferencing; all controls are available via touchpad on the surface, including volume, play/pause, and Bluetooth connectivity for easy adjustment. And Binauric plans to continue to develop the utility of their sound device and app with feature and firmware updates with an open source platform.
Mathieu Lehanneur describes his work as the combination of “magical and functional in the same object”, with the Boom Boom’s shape and function inspired by the immediate instinctual appeal of fresh fruit, describing the design as “technological food” evoking the instinctual pull to pick up and inspect the hand-sized object covered in soft-silicon skin. It’s a thoughtful approach to technology which appeals beyond specs and to the deeply embedded desire to use “things” in proportion to our hands.