Bird-Shaped Smoke Detector Chirps Louder As Smoke Thickens

Bird-Shaped Smoke Detector Chirps Louder As Smoke Thickens

A playful twist on the design of an everyday household device makes you think that all functional items can also be attractive.

Yi Chen
  • 2 february 2012

The Chick-a-Dee is a simple design that brings a fresh twist to traditional smoke detectors. The device is designed to look like a bird perched on a branch and gives out friendly chirps when it detects smoke. As smoke thickens, the sound becomes louder and more sustained at 85 decibels.

The playful smoke detector was designed by Dutch artist Louise van der Veld and was the winner of the Mooi uit de brand design competition. It’s currently only being sold in the Netherlands but has been approved for sale in the U.S. It was recently spotted at the 2012 NY International Gift Fair and comes in four different colors, including white, black, pink, and blue, and retails for $75 online.



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