Future Jellyfish Internet Router

by on July 19th, 2009


Quick Question: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Sound System, Router. Which one is most boring device? Router…of course. You install it and forget it usually, like forever (This case is different for Computer Networking Professionals who constantly deal with routers). Routers are the humblest most devices with no beauty, colors or glamour about em’. Few people I know care what their router looks like? and plenty don’t even know what a router is. They only care that their internet works and something blinking it sitting on the computer desk or in a corner behind a side table such that they can use it.

But the internet router. Most of us have one. Whether hidden under a desk or shoved next to the TV, this ubiquitous chunk of plastic and wires may be functional – but it certainly isn’t sexy. However, a new generation of ‘designer’ home routers will do far more than flash randomly and deliver the web to our computers. Goldsmiths, University of London – world renowned for design and innovation – has been working with the country’s largest home broadband provider, TalkTalk. Together, they have been exploring what the Routers of the Future might look like and how they could take pride of place in our households.

TalkTalk asked Goldsmiths to consider four factors:

  • Signal Strength
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Home Design
  • Pure Enjoyment

Check out the video below, to see how they got on.

Amazing Routers of the Future


I have a suggestion for the Jellyfish one. Tentacles should be like some kind of moving antenna (or loose tentacles) which glow as the connectivity takes place. It should be wireless also. Some people do not like a clock that will tell them to go to bed (Clock Router fails for those people). Some people usually hit download button before they leave home, so they want the router ON and not “the Energy Saver one”, so the keys hanger also fails for those people. These are good. But I think yet they need to experiment over it more. For geeks this is interesting stuff.