Optical Smoke Alarm

If Soaron from Captain Power could lay an egg, we imagine it would look much like this optical smoke alarm by Danish designer Jacob Jensen, the man responsible for the look of Bang & Olufsen's classic products (19 of his designs are in the MoMa collection). Don't let our snarking about its looks fool you, this is a serious piece of equipment: the microprocessor inside does a daily sensitivity check to avoid false alarms. The ominous red button actually serves the greater good, by allowing you to reduce sensitivity for ten minutes to avoid setting off the alarm for times like when you have smoke coming from a cold fire place.

Optical smoke alarm [dansk design]