If you are stuck inside a cubicle all day and wish you could hear the birds singing, or the fountain in your garden at home, Siara might be the solution for you. Siara was designed by Navid Gornall, and is meant to bring a "familiar experience to an unfamiliar place". It is designed to be used by normal, non technically-inclined people, and be easy to use and set up. Plus, it looks beautiful, being made with walnut and aluminum.
Here's how it works: There are two parts to Siara, the microphone and the server. Place the mic in the sonic environment of your choice. Press the button on the mic to start the stream. Then you can tune in using the iPhone, iTunes, a Sonos system, or any internet radio compatible device. You can also choose to share your broadcast if you'd like, and tune in to broadcasts that others have shared. Every Siara system has a unique streaming url, so you can share it or keep it to yourself.
Some examples of its uses are: A user with an energy efficient home installs thick insulated walls but can't hear the outside. He wanted to be able to hear the birds chirping without having to open a window. Alternatively, a DJ wants to broadcast his sets at a nightclub, or a teenager wants to tell the world about his angst. I could see a father who travels a lot wanting to tune in to what's going on at home.
No word on how much the system costs or availability at this time.
From the designer:
Siara was created out of a desire to appreciate silence, an increasingly rare commodity in
the western world. We have become accustomed to the constant drone of undesirable
noise which affects our mental and physiological processes. Everyone should appreciate
silence, yet each individualʼs idea of what silence is differs. For one person, silence is a
sufficiently low noise floor that allows them to hear the birds chirping in the trees in their
own back garden. For another, it's the sound of a busy road or a constant ringing in their
ears (as is the case with tinnitus). Every individual should be in control of their sonic
[via Navid Gornall]