Nameless Object #1: Shuffle Sleeve

The Shuffle Sleeve is a wearable controller for playing music on a smartphone. Shaped as a knitted closed tube that can be slung across one’s shoulders, it functions as a music controller when one puts a handful of coins in it. The Sleeve can be moved around the shoulder to shuffle the coins inside, which will always fall to the bottom due to gravity. It has four pull strings on the outside, dividing it in four equal sections. When tied together, the strings block the coins inside or lock them in a particular section of the sleeve. The location of the coins in the tube and the combination of strings tied serve as the interface to control the music player on the mobile phone. E.g., the coins inside take the role of the playhead: If the sleeve is rotated forward, the music player skips to the next track, if it is rotated backwards, its skips back.

The Shuffle Sleeve

Knotting the strings around the sleeve locks the coins in certain sections.

With all strings open, the music plays.

Turning the sleeve forward will make the music jump to the next track.

The Lilypad controller, bluetooth and battery patch of the sleeve.


Strange Shapes and Unexpected Forms

Bredies, Katharina. 2015. Strange Shapes and Unexpected Forms: New Technologies, Innovative Interfaces and Design-in-Use. Design Issues. 31, 1 (2015), 48–52.

Gebrauch als Design

Bredies, Katharina. 2014. Gebrauch als Design. Über eine unterschätzte Form der Gestaltung. Transcript.

The Music Sleeve

Gowrishankar, Ramyah, Bredies, K. and Chow, R. 2011. The Music Sleeve: Fabric as Electronic Interface Medium. Making Design Matter. Proceedings of the 4th Nordic Design Research Conference (Helsinki, Finland, 2011), 312–317.