Ruben van der Vleuten: designer in progress. Focussing on industrial design and currently studying at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID). We really like his ideas, especially Skube and Blind Maps. Very smart inventions.
Rethinking home audio and understanding how and where people share music was the jumping point for creating Skube. We are moving more towards a digital and online music listening experience, current portable music players are not adapted for this environment. And sharing music in communal spaces is neither convenient nor easy, especially when we all have such different taste in music.
The result of this exploration is Skube, a music player that allows you to discover and share music and facilitates the decision process of picking tracks when in a communal setting.
It is a fully working prototype through the combination of using Arduino, Max/MSP and an XBee wireless network. It accesses the Last.fm API to populate the Skube with tracks and scrobble, and using their algorithms to find similar music when in Discover mode. Then using Applescript, we get Spotify to play the music. It uses XBees for the wireless communication between the each Skubes and to the computer using custom software that manages all this.
Blind Maps is a navigation system for the iPhone. The concept focuses on the visually impaired, and explores a device to improve their ability to discover and navigate confidently through a city. By connecting the device to an iPhone, the user receives real-time tangible feedback on the route through a braille-like interface.
This is project is the result of a 36 hours project at CIID together with Andrew Spitz and Markus Schmeiduch.