Google’s Chromecast remains their hottest selling device. At $35 a piece and an ever increasing list of supported apps, the little dongle has put many set-top boxes and sources of digital media out of business. While many have expressed their love for the device, designer Sam Dirani of Raleigh, NC, feels like there could be a more modern look to the revolutionary device, and he has now revealed his take on it.
Dirani’s Chromecast leaves the dongle-like look behind, and decides to add some curvature to the piece. By curvature, I mean all 360 degrees of it. Yes. Dirani has turned the Chromecast into a disc-like figure, not distant in design from the Sony Discman you owned back in the early to mid 90’s. Unlike the discman however, Dirani has crafted a sleek device that, although hidden behind your tv of choice, would look just as comfortable next to your Xbox One, PS4, or any other recent entertainment acquisition of yours.
To achieve such precision and beauty, Dirani employed the use of a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining process along with an all aluminum case. To get rid of the heat, “a unique heat-sink that has been chemically-etched into the underside of the case” was used. A permanently attached and bendable HDMI cord is bendable to allow easy access to all those hard-to-reach ports, and the chrome logo looks right at home on the black, circular device.
Dirani’s ability to use this familiar shape (circle) in creating a design as stunning as his, suggests that he should be snapped up by some OEMs who have problems designing eye catching smartphones or smartwatches for that matter. From this point on, technology and design need to work together for the good of mankind. We need beauty with the function. We need eye candy while we geek out. To catch a glimpse of some more of Dirani’s work, click here, or hit the link after the break for more details of his Chromecast concept.