Few things are less sexy than the humble router. But this wireless workhorse is our portal to the wonders of the Internet, and it's overdue for a makeover. Art students, backed by U.K. phone and broadband company, have come up with four clever and cool concepts to bring sexy back to Wi-Fi gizmos.
TalkTalk turned to Goldsmiths of the University of London, the crucible of learning that begat the band Blur and artist Damian Hirst and is so minimalist and stylish it's dropped the word "college." And it's on Twitter (@GoldsmithsUoL). Damn, we reckon even the porters' uniforms are primary-colored skinny jeans.
The designs consider four factors: signal strength, home style, energy efficiency, and pure enjoyment. Members of the public--that's you--get to vote for their favorite at futurerouters.com. Or just leave a comment moaning about your broadband, it's up to you. These are concepts rather than finished designs, so if you have any suggestions on how they could be improved, or if you have any ideas of your own, be sure to share your thoughts.
Click through the gallery above to meet the concepts.