An intelligent music speaker
Prototype and pitch for Absolut during the project Mobile Hardware at Hyper Island. The brief from Absolut was very open and basically gave us free hands to do anything that could be associated with the term 'Connected Nightlife'. The pitch was a 2 week project during the 4 week project Mobile Hardware, where we got to learn the basics and some more about things like Arduino, LittleBits, Processing and IoT. My team, consiting of myself, Jonas Jerlström, Darryl Sterling East, Fiona Hutchison and Friðgeir Torfi Ásgeirsson, decided to create an intelligent speaker. See the idea below.
Unless you have hired a DJ to your party, there is no intuitive connection between a music player and the preferences of those attending. Monolith’s intuitive sensors aim to measure the mood of a room. The information picked up by these sensors is sent to your speaker box and will automatically play music that suits the energy level within the area.
Using a computer connection instead of a mobile one, we created a prototype of our concept. A prototype consisting of a Bluetooth speaker and an Arduino board with connected motion, movement, sound and temperature sensors. Using the sensors, we were able to get a read on the amount of people, their movement, the noise level and the temperature in the room. With all these factors combined, the software could choose from playing certain Spotify playlists we had sorted by BPM.
Using the prototype, we pitched this concept to a jury consisting of Lisa Rytter (Wrapp), Calle Sundevall (Stureplansgruppen), Emmeli Österdahl (Great Works), Mei Wen (Nordic Startup Awards / StartupSweden) and Markus Wulff (The Absolut Company). At the event, held at Kåken in Stockholm, we recieved the award for 'Most Creative Idea' from the jury.
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