The musical sewing machine
17th Nov 2008 | 14:36
Yes, you did read that right
What's the best way of visualising sound? It's an interesting question, and the Sound.Butter Interactive Design Group has come up with a quirky answer: create a musical sewing machine.
The concept is this: you feed the machine music, and then a waveform representation of what's been played is stitched into fabric.
"My aim was to produce a device where representation of sound would be a physical one," says the creator on the Sound.Butter website. "I therefore used the sewing machine as the basis for the project as I feel it is synonymous with industry, and making physical products."
All of which is very clever, but there's one small problem: it doesn't actually work.
"Due to limitations in my computer programming skills this model of a stereo/sewing machine is a prototype of how I imagined the actual product would look," admits the inventor.
Somehow, we can't see this thing ever reaching the mass market, but we'd certainly like to see someone have a crack at building it. Any takers?