Exploring the idea of the sea shell and the sound that can be heard when you put it by your ear. I decided to create a prototype of headphones (non working) in which the earmuffs would resemble the form and shape of a seashell. The concept behind this prototype was the idea of having the sound of the sea by your ears while you are walking within the city.
The prototype was made out of paper mache and the use of spare parts of a broken pair of headphones.
My goal with this prototype was to create a space by a visual and an acoustical way. The basic idea was to design a wearable space that would interact with the environment both visually and acoustically. The coloured glass lenses would use different colour depending on the mood of the user and the ear muffs would act as noise cancelling devices.
For the visual experience it was used coloured transparent paper and plastic and foam cups were used as ear muffs to alter the auditory experience.
Another idea that I explored was a series of headphones with different uses. One with water inside the ear muffs (bottom right), one with sliders on both sides for creating a private space (bottom left) and one with interchangeable components that would alter the surrounding sound in various ways based on user’s mood.
All of the prototypes were made by using cardboard, masking tape, spare parts of broken pair of headphones and blue foam.