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Coleman Levitators - This was a university project to design a revolutionary product by choosing an existing product, identifying its key features and redesigning the product without these features. I chose to revolutionise computer speakers.
In order to revolutionise computer speakers as much as possible, I decided to develop a new way of producing sound in the first place, so the design would not be restricted by current technology.
This concept would not be financially feasible, but would be technologically possible. Wireless speakers are commonplace via wi-fi. Wireless transmission of power is an emerging technology and not commonplace yet. There is a wrap-around multi-touch touchscreen around the base of the speakers. The screen can display information about the currently playing media. The display revolves so that the information is constantly visible regardless of the orientation of the speakers. The display is multi-touch so that the user can change the volume, bass and treble by swiping anywhere on the screen using one finger, two fingers and three fingers respectively.
In order to actually produce sound, there would be an ordinary electromagnet in the base of the speakers, with the floating section housing a superconductor. The magnetic field of the electromagnet induces a field in the superconductor and the fields repel, causing the superconductor to float. Varying the strength of the electromagnet will cause the superconductor to move, the faster the field is changed, the faster the superconductor will move. Sound-waves are thus induced directly into the air.
These models were modelled using Cinema 4D and rendered using Maxwell.