International Industrial Design students in workshop on ‘Sound:Abilities’

The benefits of using sound in connection with welfare and health-related solutions have become more and more acknowledged in many countries, something, which is also reflected in the educational world.

This week industrial design students from the highly acclaimed School of Arts and Industrial Design ‘La Cambre’ in Belgium have come to Sound Hub Denmark for a workshop week as part of their Master education.

Under the theme Sound:Abilities their eight projects are about creating ideas and concepts that augment the potential of products or solutions using sound. How can sound be applied to compensate for handicaps and challenges in our daily life? Ideas related to movement, direction, vision, speech, mental issues, learning and many other challenges are explored.

The students are accompanied by the head of the design department and one of the professors at the design school, who has previously been at Sound Hub Denmark. He designed the ‘Jooki‘ – a screen-free music and story player for children – for MuuseLabs. A company, which was selected for the very first SoundTech Accelerator Program at Sound Hub Denmark. His first-hand experience with the facilities and specialist competences offered by Sound Hub Denmark sparked the idea to offer a workshop opportunity adding both technical and use case expertise to his students.

The workshop is carried out in cooperation with Harman, Phillips Medisize, international startups already working at the premises and competent sound and concept specialists in Struer.

Their projects covered the following areas:

  • ECHO – chest sensor registering your body sound for meditation, medical and remote diagnostics use
  • EFFECTILE – manipulation of textiles to create sound – provide new design options
  • MYDIUM – voice recognition and sound exciter for messaging between specific individuals
  • MEMO – attach sound to objects to remember, order or learn
  • FLO – shape and control water streams with sound
  • SEE THROUGH SOUND – using sound to assist blind to navigate in new spaces
  • HOTO – sound tutorial to help us self-medicate and for postoperative care
  • RUB – investigate objects that create relevant sound from their own materials

The objective of the presentations and workshop at Sound Hub Denmark was to reach clarifications, make more feasibility studies, get technical advice and conceptual sparring.

The specialists, who have been present during the week have all found the innovative thinking behind the ideas to be very high and were highly impressed by the creativity of the design students.

For more info about Sound Hub Denmark on what we offer within education:
CEO Peter Petersen, – phone +45 4045 6569

About La Cambre

Founded in 1927 by the architect and designer Henry van de Velde, the École nationale supérieure des arts visuels of La Cambre (ENSAV) in Belgium has nearly 700 students in 18 different departments. Students attend several cross-disciplinary courses, both optional and compulsory and study both theory and technique, general and specialized, and are encouraged to attend outside courses. Courses are spread over five years and divided into two cycles: Bachelor’s (180 credits) and Master’s (120 credits) levels. La Cambre participates regularly in national and international, institutional, educational, artistic, socio-cultural, industrial and commercial partnerships, each of which feeds into and becomes part of the structuring of its teaching. The school is located on the historic eponymous site of the Abbey of La Cambre.

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