A microphone and speaker with a gentle aesthetic!

This product oozes sophistication, quality and a high level of refinement, that have each been captured within a device that doesn’t shout about its presence… this is the Microphone Speaker by Zhao Hu.

Unlike conventional microphones, this device carries a far more considered aesthetic, that been achieved through its soft, flowing curves and muted colors. Consisting of three, equally as beautiful components, the microphone, charging base and the main base, that each carries dedicated functions to enhance the performance of the product! The microphone gently connects to the magnetic charging base, that features a series of buttons on its underside for quick changes to the audio! Whilst on first glance it may appear that the large, translucent part of the product is simply somewhere to store the product, you’d actually be wrong… and the Type-C charging port towards the bottom is the first give-away! It is a hollow stand that has been implemented to increase the bass effect in the audio; the sound escapes from the speaker-hole on the underside of the component.

Designer: Zhao Hu

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Sound, Visualized

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The microphone takes inspiration from a phenomenon known as cymatics in which sound vibrations creates waves in a substance. The visual waves, seen in fine grains on a flat surface or on non-Newtonian liquid on a speaker, are often symmetrical and varied in shape depending on the frequency being resonated.

While exploring the patterns created by different wavelengths, designer Magnus Skogsfjord landed on 226Hz and noticed that the associated shape was a great fit for a standalone microphone design. It’s this frequency that gave it the name “Mike 226.” The pattern was adapted to a spherical shape to accommodate the microphone form. The result is a unique, somewhat alien, sheath that is as functional as it is beautiful.

Designer: Magnus Skogsfjord

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Image showing the phenomenon of cymatics with sand in action.

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“On the webpage for Cymatics Group I came across a full study of different patterns, and how they will repeat only in a larger scale ​​​​​on different wavelengths. It was here I got the idea to utilize one of these patterns to design a microphone. Above you’ll see a small selection of the frequencies I was looking at, and the selected pattern to be used for a further shape exploration,” explains Skogsfjord.

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“From these patterns I found pattern from the wavelength of 226Hz to be a great fit for pursuing the microphone design. And it’s this very frequency that gave the microphone it’s name: Mike 226,” said Skogsfjord. “The pattern was given a circular warp in photoshop, such that it could be traced and modeled into a spherical shape in NX, which stands as the essence of the shape exploration for this concept.”

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