Form & Function

I'm usually not the type to swoon over cute electronic gadgets, but this nifty little thing has caught my attention. I must say this is the cutest gift I've received this X'mas. It's a black Mickey Mplayer designed by iriver, a company based in South Korea. What I love about this is that the design remains simple and clean while incorporating core functionality. It's not overworked. You will see a lot of thought is given to the design of this Mplayer, right down to the packaging. The two spherical ears are functional, with one that controls volume and the other to forward/back soundtracks. The quality of the music output is good in my opinion. I especially love the earpiece. It's made to wear like a necklace with the mickey player as a pendant. The Mplayer comes in many delicious colors, I'm so tempted to collect a few more. Did I mention it has won a few design awards too? I'm absolutely won over. Thank you Cindy!

(photo source: Akihabaranews.com)

And here's the latest of the pack - Mplayer Eyes. The LED eyes display different eye signals when in operation, showing various menus such as Play, Rewind and Volume like a monitor. Now that's what I call a good design with form & function!

5 comments:

Dear Lillie said...

This is so cool! Thanks so much for visiting our blog! Have a most wonderful week!

glazedOver said...

Oh how cool! I could never get one, though, because my kids would totally steal it out of my room. HA!

Craftomania Tools said...

These are very cool!

sarah said...

Those look cute! but search and found out they're expensive. I can't find any under $50.

OpusMuse said...

Hi Sarah,
These were on a launch promo price in Singapore last year at a very cool price of only $20 according to my friend. So it was a steal at that time. I was looking for a baby blue one with the white ears, they were much more expensive unfortunately as they're limited edition colors I think. Eventually I found some website located in China selling them but you have to buy like 20 pieces to get a good price.