Talk Talk and Goldsmiths reveal routers of the future

The ubiquitous chunk of plastic and wires that is today's router may be functional but it certainly isn’t sexy.

Talk Talk and Goldsmiths Uni have teamed up on a design problem to try and address that issue, offering a glimpse into what the router of the future may look like.

Rather than a standalone box to be hidden, the vision is for a device with a dual purpose - such as a clock that displays signal strength, while a "hybrid" router looks like an objet d'art.

The ugliest - but perhaps the cleverest - is an energy saving option that hangs on the wall with key hooks - when the last set of keys is removed, the system powers down.

Lastly the jelly fish design offers multiple Ethernet connectivity for a communal approach to getting online.