We use exciting products everyday yet with extensive use these items become mundane and boring, blending in to the dull background. Our aim is to make the mundane exciting, making people stop and interact with their environment and in turn making their everyday experiences that little bit more exciting. This will challenge the preconceptions of those who use the products and we aim to take people by surprise, make it enjoyable and overall provoke discussion."
Working around the idea that train tickets are never
reused and are often binned straight after they are purchased, they came up with the
concept of running a line of tickets through a sensor that detects changes in
They said "We were thinking about detecting the magnetic strip or the text but Mike, our lecturer, suggested sensing the hole punched in
the tickets by the conductor. We also want it to connect to people going
through the ticket barriers, producing more or louder music when more
poeple are passing through. We also want the sound to be relaxing as
train stations are busy, stressful places."
Looking at other playful uses of ordinary objects they built barriers themselves which would connect the tickets with the Picaxe system: "An LDR (Light Dependent Resistor) is fitted in each of the three barriers, this is
then triggered as someone places their ticket in the slot. This will
then be programmed to make the display move and make sound. The idea is that as the user puts the ticket in the slot, it will
trigger the LDR, turning the motors and playing music
through the boxes."
Here's a video of their prototype machine in action
I think it's rather lovely. Visit their blog Sound of the Underground to find out more about their project including videos of all the concepts that inspired them and more illustrations of how they made the prototype