The sound compass takes inspiration from the way animals and insects "feel sound." 

It is meant for the study of animals, insects, or birds, and for nature enthusiasts. The compass can be tuned to a specific range of frequencies, depending on which animal you are searching for. While the ball rotates around the compass to indicate direction of sound, the bottom of the compass also vibrates in sync with the rhythm of the animal call.

The digital coding of the device works in the same way most mammals hear sound. It calculates the time gap between when sound waves reach each sensor in order to determine which direction sound is coming from. The form is inspired by the way the chameleon eye is set into a socket. 


The first phase of design began with looking at how nature "feels sound." Several examples include: 

01 | Mosquitos - Microscopic hairs on antennas feel vibrations from sound waves.

02 | Bats - Structure of ears channel sound waves. Echolocation is used to orient sound source. 

03 | Cricket - Multiple sound organs feel imbalance when sound waves come from specific direction. 


This series of sketches applies some of the research in Part 1 to several design ideas for a sound compass. 

01 | Uses vibration to indicate sound direction. 

02 | Uses channels to enhance sound direction.  

03 | Uses a counterweight to indicate direction.

04 | Uses a "socket" to rotate 360 degrees.


This series of study models begins with looking at the most ergonomic form for a hand to hold. The complexity of the form then gets developed in response to the design brief of "feeling sound." 

The form is finalized, and then prototyped at a larger scale to work with how the electronics could be housed.

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