MoovBox Anti-stress synthetizer by Roberto Maurizio Paura

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
MoovBox

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Anti-stress synthetizer

INSPIRATION:
At the base of design process for MoovBox user interface there's Moog Modular use method, that consisted of two movements: press keyboard button with one hand, and use the other one to rotate the control knob to modify the note. So MooveBox is designed to make it easy, infact it is possible to modify a note just using one finger, pressing one of the seven knobs and rotating it. MoovBox's body is also made of a flexible material, so it can be physically deformed, and every deformation will coincide to a sound distortion.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Gestures for music compositions are studied to minimize daily stress. Thanks to his universal "audio-sign" language, it is thought to be a device of "social meeting", that allows a comprehensive comparison between all users that want to share their own creations and their own music culture. New and mixed tracks will be available on streaming for the users, which will have the chance to listen the tracks like from the radio. Or to modify those tracks again, in order to create new and unique pieces.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The interaction is the most important aspect of MoovBox. It is a device perfect to be used in metropolitan, bus or train where a considerable amount of stress is accumulated during the day. MoovBox is the device that you can use to relax and enjoy a multi-sensory experience with the music you are used to listen, thank to the physical gestures that you tend to do unconsciously when listening, like beating hands and feet, shaking head or simply taking time with your fingers.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in May 2012 for the Samsung Young Design Award and was exhibited in the Museum of Technology and Science "Leonardo Da Vinci" in September 2012 in Milan. The concept has been improved after the contest until November, and presented at Isia Roma Design as graduation project. In April 2014, the project is exhibited at the Milan Design Week. And in Bari, at the Lucky Strike Talented Designer Award 2013, where Moovbox won the award for best environmental & urban design.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Digital and Electronic Devices Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
About the wireless connection between Moovbox and smartphones, we have hypothesized the use of Bluetooth 4.0. The body of the device is made largely of silicone and hosts: oscillator, gyroscope, accelerometer, and battery 300 mA rechargeable with a micro usb when connected to the PC. There are seven modulators, seven LEDs, seven buttons, three microphones and two soft touch buttons for recording the riff.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 121 x Depth 24 x Height 49

TAGS:
music, interaction, synthesizer, concept, portable, urban, app,instrument, play

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Our research has been focused on two products: Moog Modular and Sony Walkman. On one hand Moog with its multitude of sounds, makes every track something never heard before, something that goes beyond the conventional laws and standards of music; on the other hand Sony Walkman that created with music, the possibility to include individuals in a small private sphere even if embedded in a chaotic environment like the public transport. From these principles we began to develop our concept and the philosophy of MoovBox.

CHALLENGE:
Our project is based on the interaction, we discussed a lot about which one was supposed be the shape that would enclose a guitar, a drums, a flute, a keyboard, or just an object to twist or bend, together. The final shape is the result of physical tests carried out in an attempt to reproduce various styles of composition into a single object that was a synthesis of these. The addition of rollers created many new possibilities because with just one finger you can play a note and change its turning just by rolling.

ADDED DATE:
2014-05-10 11:17:12

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Designer: Roberto Maurizio Paura, Designer: Francesco Mammetti and Designer: Gilles Traditi

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1 : Photographer Roberto Maurizio Paura, MoovBox, 2012.
Image #2 : Photographer Roberto Maurizio Paura, MoovBox hands on, 2012.
Image #3 : Photographer Professor Enzo Angello and Roberto Maurizio Paura, MoovBox percussion gesture, 2012.
Image #4 : Photographer Roberto Maurizio Paura, MoovBox's App, 2012.
Image #5 : Photographer Professor Enzo Agnello and Roberto Maurizio Paura, MoovBox charging, 2012.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Samsung Young Design Award

PROFILE:
The 7th edition of the competition, created by Samsung Electronics Italia, supported by ADI (Associazione Design Industriale) and aimed at design students, as well as young designers who graduated less than three years ago, represents a chance for great visibility for young talents of design Made in Italy. The theme in 2012 was Electronics for Urban Mobility, a challenge to discover the potential of technological innovation applied to everyday life in the urban environment, with the goal of leading to products, services and applications to improve city life and to encourage a lifestyle of low energy impact. The questions were: how can urban mobility benefit from the electronic technology? What are the trends and opportunities unexplored? The winners were selected by a jury composed of two representatives ofADI, the designers James Irvine, Stefano Giovannoni and Aldo Cibic, the professors Alfredo Ronchi and Lorenzo Ardizio, the journalist Carlo Antonelli and Kyung Hoon Lee, Director of the Samsung Design Center in Milan. From these premises, the MoovBox has evolved to interpret the theme of urban mobility not as a movement of people and vehicles in an urban context, but as a shared experience and creative at the same time. The aim was to exploit the stress accumulated during journeys to pour it into a technological device that could stand to turn a physical stress and turn it into a form of global communication: music. This idea led us to deeply analyze the behavior of commuters to understand the type of technology, interface and interaction best suited to carry out the task of accompanying media without affecting the daily behavior.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Moovbox Anti-Stress Synthetizer by Roberto Maurizio Paura is a Nominee in Musical Instruments Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Moovbox Anti-Stress Synthetizer by Roberto Maurizio Paura is Winner in Musical Instruments Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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