Aurelian Headphones by Tiger ChongSheng Guo

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Aurelian

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Headphones

INSPIRATION:
Aurelian questions the form and function of headphones. In an age of design clone culture, vast industries of products too often look alike one another. The headphone industry is no exception, with an overwhelming majority of headphones being white, plastic, and over-the-head. Aurelian seeks to break this trend, as well as explore the social prestige of affordable luxuries. Aurelian believes there is no reason headphones cannot be a symbol of class or an adornment of occasion.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Aurelian is a luxury headset system designed to break both fashion and consumer electronic trends. Aiming to question the form, function, and social innovation of headphones; Aurelian refuses subjugation into the traditional headphone categories of over ear, on ear, in ear, and on head. Instead, Aurelian introduces a new form: around-head, and seeks to bring back the fashion of the crown. This combined with digital fabrication technologies, allows for fluid forms to be printed in precious metals and durable nylon with dexterity that milled and molded means could never match.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The headphones snap lock together via magnets and can be adjusted by pushing and pulling until it fits just right. To collapse, pull out the gold arches and separate at the middle. To connect, use a device with Bluetooth and connect via device's ios Press once on metal faces on sides of device, right outside of ear to play/pause. Press twice for next song. Press once on metal face closer to top of ear to enable microphone. Press and hold to fast forward. Charged via micro-USB cable. 4 hour battery life.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
March 2018 - July 2018 Exhibited throughout late 2018 Conducted at School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Aurelian comprises of 8mm driver earbuds, with a Bluetooth 4.0 module, and a miniaturized control board coupled with potentiometers triggered by the main golden arch. The frontal ‘crown’ of the design is 3D printed at Shapeways in precious metals such as Gold or Brass. The main housing of the earbuds and electronics is printed in PA12 industrial nylon plastic. Several internal segments are held or reinforced by 5*1mm or 3*3mm neodymium magnets. This in turn allows for a 3 axis system which ensures universal flexibility.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Fully extended: 150*180*50mm Collapsed: 120*80*20mm

TAGS:
headphone, 3d print, luxury, aurelian, sound, head, phone

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Our design research consisted of market analysis, interviewing industry experts, iterative design, and user testing. We gathered information and statistics from industry partners ranging from Chinese manufacturers to New Zealand based corporations about trends and pricing, and concluded that ‘affordable luxury’ was definitely on the rise, and no headphones truly catered for this on a socially innovative level.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest challenge of this design was generating a form that would functionally serve as headphones, whilst also deviating from the trend the industry had grown too comfortable with. This was difficult as it very easily fell into ‘weird design’ that was unique for the sake of being unique, as evident in our earliest iterations of Darth Vader-esque shoulder speakers. Our solution was iterative design: slowly improving concepts until a unified and appropriate trajectory was found.

ADDED DATE:
2019-03-10 06:59:14

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Lecturer: Bernard Guy, Tutor: Zach Challies and Model: Anton Raymond

IMAGE CREDITS:
Model: Anton Raymond

Visit the following page to learn more: https://www.tgdesignstudio.com/aurelian
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Victoria University of Wellington

PROFILE:
Victoria University of Wellington is a world leader in digital fabrication technologies. Having pushed 3d printing since it's inception decades ago, and having recently acquired a J750 full colour printer, it was only natural for this project to lean towards digital manufacturing methods.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Aurelian Headphones by Tiger Chongsheng Guo is a Nominee in Digital and Electronic Devices Design Category.

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Aurelian Headphones by Tiger Chongsheng Guo is Winner in Digital and Electronic Devices Design Category, 2018 - 2019.

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