Nowhere is the battle between aesthetics and function more pronounced than in the world of consumer electronics. From the elephant sized LCD television sitting in the corner of the room to the jumble of wires that accompany most home audio systems. You either chose the function or choose an aesthetic. You can’t have both. But the designers at People People want to change that.
While some audio designers have started creating speakers that are beautiful in their own right, People People actually want their speakers to disappear. To achieve this they designed a speaker into a glass box, allowing it to take on the aesthetic of where ever it’s placed. The speaker is large enough to offer deep quality sound, but visually small enough to blend into the background of any room. The electronic components are visible, but streamlined wiring makes them look like they are floating.
At the moment, People People’s invisible speakers are still in development, and sadly, will probably remain there for a long time. Their website indicates that instead of shipping the glass panels, they want to partner with glass makers in each customer’s area as a way of reducing shipping costs and supporting local business. While a wonderful idea in theory, this is like telling consumers to get in contact with their local copper mine to procure the necessary material for the wiring. So until they figure that out, you may be better off going with a more DIY solution.