More food for thought regarding our latest 1 Hour Design Challenge. Teague's awesome Radioball was the inspiration behind the project: a gestural tuner and radio in one.
Touchscreens are everywhere—designers love their sleek looks and developers love their malleable pixels, but the implicit flatness of these omnipresent devices leaves much to be desired. From the perspective of human-device interaction, flat is boring. We crave real-world haptics, interesting textures, and functionally beautiful forms.
Developed by Teague's Benoit Collette and Adam Kumpf, the Radioball is an exploratory device that encourages discovery through rich spatial interaction.
The Radioball doesn't use screens, buttons, or knobs; instead, listeners can actively engage with the radio by rolling and spinning it to find stations among the warm fuzz of the FM dial.
See Teague's blog for more information including 3D files, code, schematics, and video of the Radioball in action (all released under Creative Commons for you to build upon).