Huawei Spectra

Group project, first year MA Industrial Design, Central Saint Martins

The Challenge: Design an accessory for the Huawei p10 handset- a luxury, creative device for the new millennium. 

Award: Winner of UAL x Huawei “The New Aesthetic” Competition. Prototype displayed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

SPECTRA is a wearable accessory that enables you to collect and play music from colours in real time. This is specifically done by scanning the colours of the surface which are then allocated to particular sounds and instruments. The sound sequences can be heard through the wireless earphones, which also double as a necklace chain when the sensors are not in use. The devices will ultimately enable you a special access to your immediate surroundings and aim to provide a new experience that will help you engage with a limitless amount of materials and surfaces.

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Spectra is not only a piece of wearable technology and statement jewellery, but it is a tool for people to explore and find inspiration in their daily life. For example, Artists can create paintings by first composing a piece of music. You can sound hunt for rare colours- such as Anish Kapoor's Blackest Black.  The photo and sound montages can be shared across social platforms as travel stories or sound moments and the sound sequences alone can be used by DJS to create location specific remixes and broadcasted on live platforms.

 
The shape of SPECTRA celebrates irregularity and finds inspiration in the clean lines and unique forms of natural crystal formations. Similar also to the function of crystals, lights can manipulated by the object to create beautiful fractions. To prototype the shapes quickly and produce cleaner cuts, we abandoned traditional foam and wood as model material and opted for the cheap, easy to handle (sweet) potatoes. 

The shape of SPECTRA celebrates irregularity and finds inspiration in the clean lines and unique forms of natural crystal formations. Similar also to the function of crystals, lights can manipulated by the object to create beautiful fractions. To prototype the shapes quickly and produce cleaner cuts, we abandoned traditional foam and wood as model material and opted for the cheap, easy to handle (sweet) potatoes. 

 

Winning Opportunity

As the winning entry SPECTRA had the chance to be physically prototyped and had the honour to be exhibited at the Huawei P10 Launch and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain Feb, 2017.