The ‘Aalto’ Puck is a Deformed Version of a Regular Round Hockey Puck

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Mar 28, 2014
References: aaltopuck & deadspin
‘Aalto puck’ is a an ice-hockey puck co-designed by the Nordic Society for Invention & Finish design brand Ittala. It is also the first hockey puck that is not round, but has an irregular blob-like shape.

The puck was constructed using the same materials used to build regular hockey pucks. It therefore behaves similarly to a regular puck with the difference that the direction in which it moves varies depending on where exactly contact is made with the hockey stick. The irregular shape of the puck means its behavior is somewhat unpredictable, making for an interesting playing experience.

According to the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery, the non-round hockey puck is "a small reminder that not everything has to be as we’re used to."

The Aalto puck is being produced and distributed as a research project. Its developers are willing to give a free puck to anyone who registers on their website, as long as they have available stock. In exchange, they are asking for video footage and other documentation showing how the puck behaves.