(Pocket-lint) - Speaker design can be a little staid, it's fair to say - how many puck-shaped units or bland grey cylinders are there on the market, for example? By contrast, Libratone has thus far done a good job of having its speakers stand out with kooky designs, and its latest is probably the most far-out yet. 

The Bird is its new mini Bluetooth speaker, releasing as part of Libratone's 10th anniversary this year and inspired by its own bird-shaped logo. As you can tell from the image above, though, that inspiration is a tad more literal than many design notes often end up being. 

The wireless speaker comes in either pastel pink or blue, and looks as its name suggests, like a bird. Libratone says the idea was to make it fun to use from the start, which is fair enough, and it can be controlled through some unique techniques.

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You can twist its head, tap on its forehead or touch its tail to make different selections, while voice assistant compatibility means that you can also go hands-free if it's easier to do so (although we're not sure exactly which ones, quite yet). 

The unit gets a 10-hour battery life for portable use, and weighs 145g for easy carrying. Plus, if you'd like a boost in sound you can connect two of the speakers together easily - again, it's not yet clear whether this would offer stereo playback or merely extra volume. 

Another fun touch is that the Bird comes with a magnetic base, meaning that you can perch it anywhere metallic simply by placing it there.  

The speaker costs £59 and is available to buy from Libratone now, although whether it will launch in the US is yet to be clarified. 

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.