Awhile back, I reached out to audio designer Victor Johansson after seeing some enticing preview images of an audio solution he was developing, a design-tantalizing ceramic stereo system utilizing wireless connectivity, all contained within a vessel of smooth earthenware and warm wood. He's finally finished his project to share with us...
At first glance, the Ceramic Speaker design seems to share the material spirit of Joey Roth's ceramic speakers, while adapting a more intelligent location-based wireless interactivity similar to the Nokia Fatboy wireless charging pillow, where three unmarked areas on the surface can engage Play, Pause and Radio features, depending upon where a Bluetooth-enabled device is placed. The engaged activity is only revealed for a moment when the device is played, illuminated briefly, otherwise keeping the minimalist aesthetic intact while offering an audio experience from an object with a physical presence more akin to modern ceramic pottery than audio gear.
This concept is attempting to make wireless connectivity and communication more graspable by mapping intangible actions, functions and settings to real-world tangible actions.
The observation that led to this concept comes from audio consumption and more specific the mismatch between where content usually resides today (in smartphones) and what is being used to amplify the playback (stereos and speakers)
a typical audio-playback scenario a clash of interfaces occur. The
smartphone that holds the content is connected either via a audio-cable
or via wireless technology (usually Bluetooth) to an amplifier. More
often than not you get double volume controls, double playback controls
and so on. This together with the smartphones already existing
interface duality with some functions residing on the screen and some
mapped to physical keys makes for a complex interface system.
Hope you like it!
Additional photos and details of the Ceramic Stereo at Victor's site, Objects and Interactions.
(Images: Victor Johansson)