Belkin RockStar

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Music Sharing Device

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Belkin(U.S.A.)

2008年度 グッドデザイン賞 受賞

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Belkin RockStarの概要RockStar is a simple, fun object that combines five 3.5mm stereo audio jacks and one built-in cabled stereo plug. So, you could listen to 1 music player with up to 5 friends via headphones. What makes the RockStar special is that you can also connect multiple audio players and mix the sound together while listening. So, 3 people could connect 3 MP3 players to the RockStar, and listen to the mix of music from their players. Volume levels are simply controlled by the players, not by the RockStar. This opens a lot of fun opportunities for interacting creatively with each others music.
達成しようとした目標RockStars purpose is to open new avenues for people to interact with their music; to experiment with mixing and mashing up different content, and to have a simple and enjoyable way to experience each others music together.
プロデューサーBelkin
ディレクターOliver Duncan Seil, Design Director, Belkin
デザイナーAvery Holleman, Design Intern, Belkin David Kleeman, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Belkin Pauline Chang, Electrical Engineer, Belkin
Belkin RockStarのデザインについてIt was the teams intention to wrap the product in a form that our target audience would see as fun, attractive, and desirable. It needed to be at once appealing to a youthful audience, and not too expressively childish - so as to not to scare off a more mature user. This required careful consideration not just of the form, but also of the colors we used.
Belkin RockStarはどのような使用者・利用者を想定したかRockStar was designed primarily for teenagers. Our user research showed that 12 to 17-year olds habits include frequent sharing of music, often by lending each other one of their two earbuds. Yet, most of them also to carry a set of headphones of their own. Our idea was to make it easy and fun to share music easily, and open new possibilities for creativity.
Belkin RockStarはその使用者・利用者にどのような価値を実現したかRockStar is extremely simple, yet surprising in its ability to inspire creativity. Users will not just be able to share their music with their friends, but they may also add life to a party when they connect RockStar to the stereo, and allow other people to jam and mix their music in with their own.
社会・文化および地球環境の視点から解決すべき問題点The teams main challenge was that we had to invent a product that did not exist previously. While people may have heard of headphone splitters in the past, no available products were designed to share audio both as input and output. Our hope is that RockStar can become an iconic product for a new way to interact with each others music, and inspire people to have fun while doing it.
その問題点に対し、どのように対応したかWe gave RockStar an iconic shape that alludes to its ability to distribute and collect sounds. It is a playful and recognizable object that is compact enough to live in a backpack or pocket, so its easy to carry along. The built-in cable enables the most basic headphone splitting functionality. Another matching connecting cable is included in the package, so another device can easily be added.
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