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Brief Published: 15 Jun 2015

Beep: Cloud-Based Music Player


San Francisco-based studio NewDealDesign's web-connected device Beep works with a user's existing speakers to create a seamless music-streaming network throughout the home.

Now available worldwide, the subtly faceted form is inspired by the volume dial found on conventional audio equipment. Twenty-four discreet LEDs are concealed in the casing and use different animations to depict the device's various functions, such as volume, pause and play.

Available in gunmetal or copper finishes, it has a distinctly un-techy look and is designed to be stylish yet unobtrusive – reflecting the consumer desire for technology products that sit comfortably within the contemporary home. See our coverage of launches by Vifa Speakers, Clique Editions and Bang & Olufsen for further inspiration.

The intuitive device connects to a user's wi-fi and cloud-based services, which negates the need for a specific app – enabling an easier listening experience. To extend the network throughout multiple rooms, several Beeps can be synced together to play the same music.

As highlighted in Digital Music in Flux, the popularity of cloud-based services continues to shape the audio market. This shift has led to a change in approach to the design of speakers and other audio products as creatives respond to users' changing needs. See Power of Sound for further insight.

For more consumer electronics design inspiration, see our Colour, Material and Finish report from International CES 2015.