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Everyday Experiments

Everyday Experiments

How will tomorrow’s technologies redefine the way we live at home?

Themes

Through a range of experiments in a set of unique themes, we explore ways to enhance our interactions with space and improve our everyday lives.

Explore Theme

Lifestyle + Well-being

Exploring new ways to see and use our homes to elevate our mood and well-being.

6 New Experiments

Explore Theme

Privacy + Trust

Challenging the way we think about safety and security at home.

4 New Experiments

Explore Theme

Play + Learn

Transforming the home into a playground for creativity and learning.

Explore Theme

Design + Organize

Finding novel ways to make the most out of what we already have.

Convolution Reverb

Spatial audio
Spatial Mapping
IoT

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What if spatial audio could turn your living room into the colosseum?

Built by — Yuri Suzuki

Yuri Suzuki is an experience and sound designer who works at the intersection of installation, interaction and product design. He joined Pentagram as a partner in 2018. His work encompasses sound, music, installations, product design, art direction, education and contemporary art for clients ranging from corporations to musicians to startups.

Convolution Reverb would use spatial audio to allow you to experience the rooms in your home as having different shapes, sizes and materialities. The application would use smart speakers to sonically morph the dimensions of your room, freely modifying the position, size, shape and material of walls and ceilings into changed surroundings. You could even shift between customised and real-world locations to experience an entirely new sonic landscape. Many of us find ourselves inside more than ever before, with a lack of diversity in surroundings affecting psychological wellbeing, and this experiment goes some way toward helping to overcome such challenges. 

'The idea of aurally changing the architecture you live in is fascinating. You often see this approach visually but never with a sense that can be considered intangible.'

—Yuri Suzuki

Convolution reverb has been a well-established technique in audio production for several decades. It’s a process that creates an audio snapshot (an impulse response) of an existing space that can then be used to recreate that space virtually. In the application, this effect would be achieved by scanning a room visually with a tablet, connecting to microphone-enabled IoT speakers and then speaking, singing or making any other noise. You would then be able to transform the shape and texture via the app, hearing the changes in room dimension and materiality sonically and in real-time. 

Real-world spaces such as St Paul’s Cathedral in London or the Colosseum in Rome would offer unique auditory experiences from within your own home. The experiment would allow you to hear the reverberation of these spaces superimposed on the original floor plan of your home layout, quickly changing between familiar and iconic architecture.

'I use convolution reverb in my daily practice as a sound designer. However, this experiment has allowed me to fully appreciate the positive psychological effects it can have on our wellbeing.'

—Yuri Suzuki

To help understand what is happening sonically, the app would contain a visualiser, creating a direct link between eye and ear for a more immersive 3D experience. Colour gradient and line-height show volume in sound and the speed of sound waves are used to convey how the change in room dimensions affect the sound heard.  

'We spent a great deal of time fine-tuning the balance between audio realism and a simple visual language that allows the user to understand the visual feedback of what is happening sonically.'

—Yuri Suzuki

Everyday Experiments is a project by SPACE10 & IKEA.

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How will tomorrow’s technologies redefine the way we live at home?

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