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Audiloid

Koh

The project began with the concept of creating sounds from film negatives. Typically film is utilized to reproduce visual images onto a projector screen or print. In the case of movies, hundreds of feet of celluloid is reeled through the projector to produce moving pictures at 24 frames a second. These images produce visuals but no audio. The Audiloid attempts to produce audio from celluloid. The Audiloid will spin a roll of film, and a camera captures the film. By taking the average color of the frame, a sound is produced. Whenever the shot or scene of the film changes, the tone that the film produces will change. The exhibition version of the celluloid will be spinning a copy of the theatrical trailer of WALL-E. The spinning motion of the film is representative of WALL-E’s spinning wheels.

The current prototype of Audiloid on display does not have a camera build into it. Although the film spins, and viewers can observe the trailer of WALL-E pass by, no audio will be produced since currently there is no way to capture and produce sound from the film. The speed that the film spins currently is about 1 frame per second. Since the length of the trailer is about 2 minutes 30 seconds, this is about 3600 frames in total. This would take exactly 1 hour to spin through the entire trailer.

Squishy Sound

Isabella

Underneath the clean curves of this box which seems to have fallen from outer space is a selection of gooey, musical pods. By placing her hands on the surface of the jelly pods, the user activates their musical capability, and the object produces a sound in the moment of contact. The driving forces in the interaction are the natural tendencies towards curiosity and play. The translucent textures of the jellies invite touch, and communicate back to the user with varying tones. Squishy Sound encourages us all to reengage with play for play's sake, and explores the translation of sound into novel materiality in the process.

ELLIE

Motoi

Struggling to hold down a C chord on the guitar with an open 3rd string? Struggling to remember which guitar chord is which? Here is your solution.

My work explores the future of guitar training for the next Jimi Hendrix; for the next Eric Clapton; for the next B.B. King, you name it. My audio device is an innovative, wearable audio device that could personally help you train fingering. Functionality is not its only charm; the carefully-calculated, aesthetically pleasing hard-case design lures the user to slide their hand into it. Programmed by an Arduino and a trigger-board, this will allow anyone to play guitar sounds anywhere, without your big, heavy guitar. Easy to wear. Easy to use. Easy to learn. This is my device – ELLIE.

A Peace Of Mind

Souad

In, our day and age of increased attention to rest of the world, when will we find time to appreciate solitude? A Peace of Mind is a project inspired by the concept of singing bowls and how they complement the idea of meditation or prayer. The project is an installation hanging from the ceiling, and ideally would be an area where people could take a break from the messiness of their day to day lives and breathe for a few moments. The interaction with the installation is simple: Person is tired of the rush of their lives. Person finds A Peace of Mind. Person enters the zone, where their field of view is blocked, and the sounds mark the beginning of their time to breathe. This would enhance the person’s emotional health and decrease stress, because in that one moment, everything else disappears. The only present identities are the person’s soul, and the object, helping them in their path to relaxation.

LikeMe – Are you annoyed yet?

Veronica

Existence of social media and mobile phones has become the greatest connecting tool in the history of mankind, celebrating advances in technology and AI. At the same time it has made us anxious, envious and dependent on the amount of social engagement we get. Receiving social media notifications is related to the release of dopamine in the brain, as it creates a sense of unexpected reward. LikeMe exposes people’s excessive addiction to social media by imitating an environment of constant notification and call receiving. The device plays all time famous facebook, twitter and whatssup sounds, as well as iPhone ringtone with additional vibration effect. Hearing those fake sounds will make the users feel excited at first, but very disappointed short after. Yes, I got a new message! Oh, never mind… Being distracted by a mobile phone hurts productivity, attention levels and overall performance of school and college students. The ultimate goal of the LikeMe is to make people want to mute their phone notifications, at least while they are expected to be dedicated to something else. Several hours of constant annoying noise with no actual messages or likes, and I would definitely want to never hear it again.

Picture This

Yusuf

Memories; fleeting, faint and elusive, yet captured by a picture. These pictures freeze a moment in time, forever bound by its frame, allowing us to remember the scene accurately. Picture This is an audio device that aims to provide us with photos that stimulate our ears as well as our eyes. It tries to achieve this by allowing the user to assign a sound to an image. This combination of audio and visual is represented in a sleek open environment taking the form of a shelf, allowing the user to observe other possible memories while focusing on one.

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