Airo

AIRO

Challenge
Design and implement interactive objects which are open and connected, whose design and behaviour can be used to listen, playback and change variables and behaviors associated to a novel radio.

Outcome
My team built a personal, yet not personalised radio. The radio, Airo empowers individuals to get aware of the filter bubble and take control over it through promoting exposure to diverse perspectives. Using physical computing, it challenges the filter bubble phenomenon and presents an alternative way of experiencing social media.

Outcome
My team built a personal, yet not personalised radio. The radio, Airo empowers individuals to get aware of the filter bubble and take control over it through promoting exposure to diverse perspectives. Using physical computing, it challenges the filter bubble phenomenon and presents an alternative way of experiencing social media.

Tags
#physicalcomputing
#radio
#interactiveobjects

The Context 

We rarely question why we do things in the same manner, be it choices of restaurant, follow the people we idolise, take the same route to a place on a regular basis. As a species, we like patterns and when we inculcate them in our behaviour, it becomes our habit. This inhibits us to experience other possibilities that we might encounter.

On the internet, we browse through our feeds through our favourite websites with a high chance of not intending to become educated on a certain topic. Browsing through the feed appears like a futile act but they are highly tailored content pre-decided by a force that might have a consequence.

Filter bubbles are fundamentally altering the way we encounter information, insulating us from any sort of cognitive disharmony by limiting what we see, leading us to have stronger distorted views of reality, dogmatism, political and ideological polarisation.

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The Concept

What if, there is a way to break the filter bubble, to embrace diverse conceptions, and to discover through serendipity?

My team envisions a future in which the Internet, just as its earliest vision, can help us come across new ideas and possibilities by creating Airo.

Airo is a personal, yet not personalised radio. Airo empowers individuals to get aware of the filter bubble and take control over it through promoting exposure to diverse perspectives. Using physical computing, it challenges the filter bubble phenomenon and presents an alternative way of experiencing social media.

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The Process

The brief involved making a radio. The immediate step was to read about its role and evolution in the last century and how it helped shaped the world we live in. We flipped the role of the radio by giving it agency over its listeners by broadcasting the information for it chooses.

Created with Arduino and Processing, Airo connects to Twitter’s API. It fetches real-time tweets and transfers them into audio through text-to-speech technology. The fan, a metaphor of span, connects to Arduino through an encoder. By expanding it, the geographical range of the tweets gets increased. In this way, you are expanding your horizon by hearing more about what is happening not only relevant to you, but also around the wider world. The potentiometer-embedded knob allows you to choose different categories, by fetching tweets with different hashtags, namely news, music, and technology.

The Making

Web reference: Yanko Design | Tabi Labo | Core77

Team: Sindhumandari, Surojit Dey and Yuxi Liu
Instructors: Dario Buzzini and David Sjunnesson
Duration: 1 week

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