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South Korean student designs conceptual speaker that tracks motion

The 'Solros' rotates 135° horizontally & 60° vertically, adjusting volume based on listener proximity

  • Miki Kitasako
  • 13 February 2024
South Korean student designs conceptual speaker that tracks motion

Following the concept of Amazon’s ‘Echo Show 10’, ‘Solros’ is a smart speaker created by a designer/student that allows sound to trail your movement.

Joon-Yeol Bae is attending Konkuk University in Seoul and has previously created several conceptual designs such as a space-saving lamp, printer, wrap chair, mixed reality device and many more.

As for the name ‘Solros’, it’s derived from the Swedish word for “sunflower” which relates to how sunflowers turn towards the direction of the sun.

It uses advanced audio components such as a built-in LiDAR sensor and camera to allow the speaker to follow the user, which would create a personalised and maximised listening experience.

In any normal instance in the current market, the listener would need to plant multiple speakers to get the same 360° surround sound effect.

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The ‘Solros’ can provide a rotation of 135° horizontally and 60° vertically. In addition, it will also be able to detect how near or far the listener is, allowing the device to adjust the volume according to the distance — technology that’s currently being used in self-driving vehicles and smart vacuums.

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Joon-Yeol Bae has also made the speaker’s design one that easily blends with its surroundings by using a minimalist look and muted colour tones such as Summer, Sand, Forest and Midnight.

The sleek design and refined movements of the Solros paired with today’s growing music tech of spatial audio could make it a popular choice in any audiophile’s home or studio. However, it’s still a concept and is unavailable for purchase…for now.

Via: Behance

Miki Kitasako is Mixmag Asia’s Social Media and Content Producer, follow her on LinkedIn.

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