The goal of this project was to reinvent the radio by incorporating novel interactions to a traditional product. My aim was to create a radio that encourages users to rediscover the radio by offering interactions that supports curiosity and discovery.
The process involved a lot of concept generation, critique, as well as lots of time dedicated to planning and executing the process of building a radio form. There were lots of failures as well. A few changes needed to be made to the initial design to compensate for a few unforeseen issues.
The end results is a radio inspired by something called the Dudeney dissection, a mathematical phenomenon that transforms a segmented square into an equilateral triangle. I wanted to create a physical puzzles as well as a technological puzzles. Depending on the combination of forms that come together, different radio stations can be played.
What is Dudeney mean?
A Dudeney dissection is a kind of geometric dissection in which all of the pieces are connected into a chain by "hinged" points, such that the rearrangement from one figure to another can be carried out by swinging the chain continuously, without severing any of the connections (wikipedia definition). In essence, an equilateral triangle can transforms into a perfect square, when particular directions are made.
What I chose to do with this phenomenon is incorporate it into a radio. I discovered that in a equilateral triangle to square Dudeney Dissection, one can create 8 different whole shapes using the various dissected pieces. By Programming each whole shape to a specific genre of music, I was able to create a unique tuning method for my unconventional radio. When the user creates a particular whole shape, that programmed channel would be tuned on the radio.
How It Works
By laying a wiring system inside, I was able to determine which surfaces were touching based off the detection of a positive charge through a completed circuit. By using the positive charges from two separate completed circuits, I was able to determine which particular shape was formed by the user. This allowed the radio to know which station to play when a particular shape was formed.
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