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In the rhythm of modern relationships, long-distance couples often find their melodies muted by the silence of separation.
Enter a new type of speaker, SoundMotion, which was designed by Zhujun Pang of the Eindhoven University of Technology. The tech introduces an approach to bridging challenging emotional distances through the shared physical experience of music.
Angling to change the tune of love from afar, the idea for SoundMotion was conceived amid the backdrop of a sobering statistic. Over 37% of geographically separated couples are statistically likely to break up within just three months.
At the heart of SoundMotion’s design is the concept of tangible interaction—using physical movements and gestures to communicate. The device’s standout feature is its “hat,” a playful canopy that acts as a switch and indicator of one’s availability. By opening the hat to different angles, users can control the device, switching between modes and engaging the device’s “Couples Channel” for seamless, synchronized music sharing.
“While the internet provides convenient channels for instant communication, such as text messages and video chats, these technologies primarily focus on explicit information transmission and overlook the emotionally rich communication needed in intimate relationships,” according to Pang.
SoundMotion remains a prototype for now, but by integrating the emotional language of music with intuitive, physical interactions, it’s easy to see how the speaker has the potential to provide long-distance couples a new way to keep their love songs playing, no matter the distance.
Find out more about SoundMotion here.
Written by: 98bpm Radio
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