Nameless Object #2: The Wavecap

Is this a mixture of a hood and a shawl, or rather a purse? But the details of the Wavecap also allow the user to manipulate the radio that is integrated into its lining. Knotting the ends of the shawl turns the radio on and off. There are speakers hidden in small pockets next to the hood. A string in a hem can be pulled to increase and decrease the volume. And a bell on top of the hood serves as a control to change the sender and browse through the frequencies. The exotic look of the knitted radio entirely follows practical considerations, but it also reminds us of distant countries and ritualistic garments. Besides, all the functional elements that serve as the interface for the radio are borrowed from clothing.







The radio station can be changed by touching the conductive stripe with the bell.



Knotting the ends of the shawl turns to radio on.



Pulling the string with the pompoms changes the volume.



Three layers inside host the radio receiver, the amplifier and Lilypad board.


Publications

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.



Research by

Research
Dr. phil. Katharina Bredies


Research by

Research
Dr. phil. Katharina Bredies

Assistance
Ramyah Gowrishankar

Assistance
Sebastian Wolf