WiFi Access Point so beautiful its a work of art
Let's face it, most WiFi Access Points end up exactly where they belong, in a closet.
Because, except for perhaps the Apple AirPort Extreme, they are butt-ugly!
At least, that's what I think.
Having said that, I don't like Apple's design. Or, I do not want to copy their style.
I do respect the fact that at least they do DESIGN things and often put form before function. I also respect the "minimalistic" and "Bauhaus" design concepts.
Before getting into what the purpose of the WiFi Access Point (ie. the features) is going to be, please allow me to try and share "my style" (if there is such a thing):
- Clean (for example; No visible wires ever. Not even inside the device).
- Subdued brushed-metal gray (Think HTC One).
On top of this - and i can imagine this is hard to follow - the purpose of the design should be to convey my passion for the specific technology (used by the device) without making it geeky or nerdy. As an example: If I had a car (let's say a BMW) I would want the car to be brushed metal with a transparant hood so that the passer-by could appreciate the beauty of the engine as well as (with me standing next to them explaining certain details about the engine and why it is such a beautiful machine, how mr. Otto invented the engine, etc...) understand how engine's work.
That doesn't mean i want everybody to become a petrol head. But it does bother the heck out of me that a lot people - today - go:"I have no clue how it works, it just brings me where i need to go."
Attached is a amateuristic sketch (hence the reason why I need you) of what i imagine the design would look like (Of course you have artistic freedom):
1. Imagine a round shark cage (miniature obviously) that fits 1 person standing up.
I merely make this comment for height and width (dimension) purposes).
2. Imagine holding the top and bottom of the cage and twisting slightly.
(Yes, in this example you have super human strength). The middle of the cage will become a little slimmer than the top and bottom.
3. To keep the middle slim, add a waistband (basically dividing it a two-story mini-shark-cage ;-)
4. Once you have done that, make the bars thicker and/or add more bars. They need to be thick enough and spaced enough to allow you to see inside the cage and know a person is inside. But only because the inside of the cage has LED lighting, highlighting the person inside. In other words; seeing the person should not be instantaneous (again, this is merely a reference to give you an idea about the amount and diameter of the bars).
5. Good! Now we have our basic form. Next step: Miniaturize this until its about 3.85 inches (98 mm) by 3.85 inches (98 mm) by 6.6 inches (168 mm).
Congrats, you just made a cage dimensioned airport extreme!
6. Here are some of the unique design elements i would like to see back in the design:
A. The top has a speaker but you don't see the wires
B. The bottom of the speaker has an LED light (Color adjustable).
C. Two Bars act as the "wires" to the speakers
D. 6 Bars act as the WiFi Antennas (FYI: 2 for being a WiFi extender, 3 for your personal use and 1 for guests (Please note, this does NOT mean I want only 6 bars in total. See remark 4).
E. The "Waistband" (the top facing towards the speaker/LED) also has en LED pointing upwards. The point is to highlight the object inside from below and above.
F. The "Waistband" contains a camera (or if possible: It would be awesome of the camera actually slides over 2 bars, making it height adjustable). It also contains an IrDA (Infrared) and Microphone component.
G. The Lower Part (under the waistband) contains all the electronics needs for the WiFi Access Point (and certain not to be disclosed) electronic components. For example: Solid State Drive, CPU, WiFi Chip, PowerUnit, etc...
Its important that the components look beautiful. As if they want to be displayed!
H. Base has 2 connectors; Power & LAN