The venerable stereo has been supplanted by an assortment of smartphones, media players, and wireless speakers. There is no denying that the convenience of having nearly unlimited media at your fingertips is a big win, but don’t you wish the audio experience was a little more sophisticated sometimes? Enter the ceramic stereo.The ceramic stereo is an art project by design student and Londoner Victor Johansson.
So to get this out of the way — no, you can’t buy it. That’s a bummer, because plenty of folks are going to see the appeal. The ceramic speaker takes its inspiration from a key bowl where one might toss keys when returning home. The speaker is the same thing, but for a phone. The obvious difference is that the speaker will play music when the phone is placed in certain spots.
The entire device is handmade, with a glazed ceramic surround that encases the white oak central platform. Beneath the lovely exterior is a mass of cables and wires that control the functionality. Johansson spent quite a while designing the interior to hold all the necessary sensors and electronics, while still making room for the speaker to do its thing.
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