ARE was a project I did at the HKU along with 3 other students in the 2nd year. The assignment was ‘Design for Space’; we had to design for an actual location with the emphasis on the experience of a real spatial design.
We made the interactive installation Auditive Rain Experience (ARE) that lets the user enjoy the rain on an auditive level. ARE was designed for the location Vondelpark in Amsterdam to enjoy the city park in rainy days. The user can choose to listen to different rain sounds by selecting one of the different materials (that are on the roof of the installation). The unique sound is strengthened by the speakers. One chooses a material by using the control panel in the chair by making a simple waving gesture above the material in the control panel.
My main contribution to this project was in concept development and designing and developing the chair and the control panel.
Ideation concept development user experience design physical interface design Arduino programming hardware development
2 months (2010).
ARE logo visual
The control pane
The roof with a piezo (sensor) attached on the glass material
Contextual visual of the installation
The chair with the control panel
The roof with its different materials
Technical prototype of the control panel
Usertesting the physical protoype of the control pane
Building the prototype installation