Are you a practical person? If you think products should be designed around the concept of usefulness only, then shed your inhibitions. Purpose and practicality do not always set the rule. Exclusivity and artistry can also play role too and especially so for up-market devices like iPhones and iPods. A recently launched 250 odd numbers of “engine piston”-modified phone docks speak the similar story. These pistons are sourced from Jacobs R-755 radial engines of WWII era.
Docking on piston
Bizarre it may sound, but the designer has carved out a docking platform out of a complete engine piston. The dock, in its last life, used to crank engine transmission of some air-worthy aircraft. But from the mirror-finish polish, you can hardly trace the history. With all docking features, it is ready to hold your iPhone or iPod now onwards.
Visibly, the piston dock looks appealing. Glittering shine would complement gloss of your device. Apple creations are triumph of modern day industrial designing. This modified pistons show similar ingenuity. For docking purpose, each piston would come with a wall charger and 6 ft black colored USB cord. However, before mounting your device you first have to remove it from the protective cover, if any.
We feel sorry. Designers keep space efficiency, weight and portability in mind while designing mobile phone docking platforms. But all of them seem trivial when a mirror-polished engine piston of 5-inch diameter and 3-inch length becomes a phone dock. Besides the inescapable size, alloy metal makes it quite immovable on weight too. However, as we have said, not practicality but exclusivity is the driving force here. Each of those 250 limited edition piston dock will carry distinct number at their bottom to charge up pride of possession in you.