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  • The making of Kulonus-1 8-bit audio visualizer

    Overview• ProcessPackaging

    Audio visualizer

    Story by the designer:

    Recently I have been fascinated by the magic of turning the audible into the visible and back. I’ve written a couple of applications, including for printing sound on paper and reading it back.

    As I was experimenting with microcontrollers, I had an idea to create a tiny device (maybe a keychain), an audio visualizer that would connect to any audio source and somehow react to it, maybe by blinking to the music or generating animation. A couple of weeks later a prototype was ready.

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    The prototype was able to draw images by analyzing the signal coming from the built-in 3,5mm connector and when there was no signal it reacted to electromagnetic interference and touch.

    By pure chance I found out that it works great with a string attached to it which turns the device into a pendant. My friends who were testing the prototypes started to see them exclusively as accessories, they put them on to go to parties and used them at gigs. Naturally, the next step was to get rid of wires and make the visualizer react to ambient sound.

    This is how I created the new model with an updated design, more powerful processor and built-in microphone.

    Packaging

    The packaging designer takes a close look at Kulonus.

    He immediately has the idea to make the graphics generated by the device the main theme of the packaging.

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    Developing it further.

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    Making the back more interesting.

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    The test sample comes back from the print shop. Remaking the layout.

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    And making the colors more crazy.

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