It looks like a tiny bugle. Maybe a new way to measure shots for a drink? Maybe a Cracker Jack toy? A fancy oil funnel? A tiny phonograph horn designed by Eero Saarinen? A mod megaphone? An egg separator? A microscope? A straw for Tony Montana-style mountains of blow? A wicked monocle?
A somewhat academic endeavor-and frankly more performance art than real function-this Hear Ring, designed by the fairly accomplished industrial designer Gina Hsu, lets us know that we haven't heard the end of fashion-gadgetry for conversationalism.
Don't get me wrong, I am not a hater of this kind of concept. This objet d'art is something you purchase for the idea-for the art. It's Gadg-Art. You don't actually expect to use it. Plus, at 340 Euros, you don't want to scratch it or damage it.
But still, I am wondering how well this would go over nonchalantly worn to a corporate finance meeting. I also wonder if there will be a forthcoming iPhone adapter?