FOUDIO IS A DIRECTIONAL SPEAKER THAT ALLOWS FOR A TAILORED PERSONAL AUDIO EXPERIENCE AMIDST A PUBLIC SPACE.
Spaces within public buildings have standardised elements as a result of mass-production, causing uniformity in user experience and thus cannot meet the preferences of all individuals.
In public spaces like restaurants, the sounds and background music within are shared. According to a restaurant consultant, music preferences differ according to nationality. Hence, the background music selected by the restaurant might not be to the liking of all customers, especially in a cosmopolis like London.
Public spaces can be thought of as an aggregate of private spaces. Foudio, being a directional speaker, transmits sound only in the space it is pointed towards. This allows users to listen to what they want without affecting others around them. Unlike using earphones, Foudio allows a group of people to have a shared audio experience.
Foudio opens up new audio experience possibilities as people can enhance their experiences in public spaces with their personal choice of sounds and music, thus creating a more tailored experience.
SWIFT IS A MAGNETIC NOTICEBOARD FACILITATING A SWITCH BETWEEN WORKING AND RESTING MOODS BY HIDING NOTES WITH A SIMPLE FLIP.
In student accommodation, students carry out a variety of actions in just one room and this can blur the distinction between work and rest. This project aims to facilitate a clearer distinction between the two modes for a more comfortable living experience.
Students put notes and reminders on the wall or board above their desks. This helps to create the mood for working but it can be harder to wind down and rest with everything on display. Swift hides these notes with a simple flip so that the users can take a break from working.
The notes can seem to blend into the background when they are always visible. By flipping the panels, Swift can help users view their notes with fresh eyes each time.
The student rooms are usually equipped with a long large table which can become cluttered with books and personal possessions. Swift can double as a desk partition to help users concentrate on tasks at hand.