Award-Winning Smoke Alarm Sounds Like a Bird and Could Save Your Life

Smoke alarms may be essential life-saving devices but aren't exactly the most aesthetically pleasing electronics in your home. At least until now, that is.

The Chick-A-Dee smoke alarm, by designer Louise van der Veld, mimics the American Black-capped Chicadee with a gentle "chick-a-dee" call upon detecting smoke and then escalates to a sustained 85dB "DEE DEE DEE" call as the smoke spreads.

It won a Dutch design award in 2006 and has finally been approved for sale here in the US. It retails for $75 at Chick-A-Dee.Eu and is available in six color variations. Hopefully the alarm's whimsical styling will help increase adoption in family homes that may not otherwise have them installed. [Chick-A-Dee.Eu via DVice]