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?