Surveillance cameras often look sinister as they invade your privacy, but the Italian design firm Parsons created the Animals series to lighten the mood by turning them into cute creatures. The firm worked with product designer Eleanor Trevisanutto to make sand-cast aluminum covers in the shapes of animals like a squirrel, a grasshopper, and a bird to enclose all the working parts of a surveillance camera. They look like things you'd see hanging on the corner of an elementary school building or looking over a zoo, and the thought of seeing a colorful, metallic animal watching you is both charming and ridiculous. Surveillance cameras will always be tools for hidden monitoring, but the Animals' misshapen, geometric design language makes these cameras abstract, recognizable, and less intimidating than most.