The second semester at UID starts with a 4 week course, that puts emphesis on sound design togeter with user experience and product design. The first week consists of multiple workshops, after that you are free to choose a sound related topic, that you want to explore further. In my case I eamed up with three other students both from the product design and the interaction design department.
Experiment with sound in the context of alarms.
My personal goal was also to build a very high fidelity prototype.
A alarm/evacuation system for public buildings like hospitals and school, that uses directional sound to guide people to the exit intuitively. Eva can also be very easily retrofitted to existing buildings as it is designed to be installed in the same standardized system as light switches and electrical plugs.
Eva is designed to blend in as much as possible, when not in use, which is hopefully 99+% of the time.
Together with the directional sound Eva is displaying an animation that guides you towards the exit.
If the the emergency way is blocked, you are stuck or you need help for another reason, the whole product can act as a panic/S.O.S button.
Pushing the button, comunicates the exact location of the person in need directly to the already informed first responders.
The rendering was done in Keyshot 11.
The physical model was primarily done with milling and vacuumforming, this also includes the electrical plug. The light animations were done using an Arduino Uno with an Adafruit LED matrix.
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