A post on designboom about the Parrobot and a conversation with a friend about birds as pets (He is for, I am decidedly against) got me to thinking about these two cool bird items that I was introduced to around Christmas-time.
The Magnet Bird from Pylones is a… singing paper clip holder. And it’s adorable to boot. It has a motion sensitive mechanism that makes it sing when it senses vibration. (This is something of a disadvantage for me because my dog has a very, ah, resonant bark.) I received it as a gift from a friend at the holidays. It’s now nestled in the Algue branch that I got in my press bag from vitra.‘s launch party.
The other bird items that I am semi-obsessed with are the Breezy Singers by a Japanese company called Takara. The site makes them look somewhat corny, but they are cool. They’re very life like, in an almost creepy way – they sing and move (well, it’s more like a twitch.) And you know, they must be hip if places like BDDW and Design Within Reach are selling them. DWR does a better job of describing them than I do:
You don’t have to be an ornithologist to appreciate the ungimmicky bird songs and movements of the motion-activated Singing Birds. Based on hand-sculpted models by Dr. Tsutomu Suzuki of the University of Tokyo, these freestanding birds are made even more realistic with modern microchip technology, which produces true-to-life sound and twitching in response to motion and changes in light conditions. The birds’ authentic songs come from real recordings from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, whose mission is to conserve the earth’s biodiversity through research, education and science-based focus on birds.