Re: Sound Bottle Records and Plays the Sound of Your Life
In case you want to recall how a certain day of your life sounded like, relying on such devices as the Re: Sound bottle might be the best solution.
Even though on the outside the Re: Sound Bottle looks nothing more than a simple recipient, the components found on the inside turn this into a device with special capabilities. The creation of Jun Fujiwara from the Tama Art University in Japan, this gadget is able to record, remix and play back any sound from the surrounding environment. In other words, if one is carrying the Re: Sound Bottle around, he or she could record the sound of each day, in order to play it back at a later time.
The gadget got Jun Fujiwara the Naoki Sakai Prize, a special jury’s award, at the Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Designer Awards 2012. After all, it is logical that such an innovative device should receive some sort of recognition.
After recording samples that could range from clapping and whistling to tearing paper and walking, the sounds are stored into a database. If the user wants to play back these sounds, he only has to pull the cork and select the adequate mode. The sounds will be mixed according to a predefined pattern.
People have already started giving feedback, saying that it would be interesting if the bottle could play back the sounds in a way that does not involve a pattern. In other words, the sounds should be analyzed by the bottle, and depending on the frequency of each sound, it would be placed in the song accordingly. One could say that no matter how innovative a gadget is, some people will always find some setbacks to it. On the other hand, such feedback could be used for improving the device furthermore.
There seems to be a new fashion about using corks for turning on or off audio devices. Not long ago, I wrote about the Plugg radio, a device that required putting a cork in it, so that it is quiet. The pattern is not that different in the case of the Re: Sound Bottle. When the cork is on, a blue LED lights up. Upon removing the cork, the bottle is able to either record sounds or play them back. The following video exemplifies the type of sounds that can be used for creating a weird mix of biomusic.