This project is beyond awesome: Georg Reil and Kathy Scheuring, both students at the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg-Schweinfurt, have created A Fine Collection of Curious Sound Objects, where six everyday objects become exceptional, magical instruments with unusual abilities.
For example, a detergent bottle gains theremin-like capabilities, a simple canvas shoe amplifies the sound of foot-tapping by tenfold, a messenger bag becomes a cavern of echoes, and a bucket collects sound and empties it out all at once when tipped.
The project was built with Arduino and Processing, but the technical components are so well concealed that only their uniform blackness and tiny connection ports point to their uniqueness. According to Reil and Scheuring, each piece pursues the laws laid out by John Maeda in Simplicity: "They are enjoying to use, they are surprising and one wants to explore and investigate them."
A few more pictures follow, but the video says it all.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.