During the London 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, sponsor Coca-Cola presented the ‘Beatbox’ pavilion in the middle of the Olympic Park. The arena combined architectural design and sound technology to produce an “artwork” where guests could walk in and create music. 230 red and white translucent synthetic cushions – 40 of them sound-emitting and touch-sensitive – were developed to make up the interactive façade of the pavilion. Through sound, vibration and LED light activation, visitors experienced the immediate tonal, tactile and visual feedback.
iart interactive ag developed this “musical instrument“ from proof of concept to solution in close collaboration with the architects, the sound designers and the general contractor Nüssli. The task included the design of the loudspeakers, the development of sensors sensitive to distance, velocity and touch, the implementation of an IT based control system, the lighting design, the design of the interactive cushions as well as the system development.