Pilotfish Presents The Intuitive Headphones - Twist. Bend. Play

The Intuitive Headphones – a demonstrator of the LTM material – propose a new kind of interaction between the user and a set of headphones, exploring new ways to enjoy and control music.

30th October 2015 - As a partner in the EU funded project Light.Touch.Matters, Pilotfish has been actively involved in the complex research efforts of creating a new, smart material – LTM. Consisting of flexible Piezo Sensors, OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) and protective layers, LTM is a material capable of sensing and responding.

The Intuitive Headphones – a demonstrator of the LTM material – propose a new kind of interaction between the user and a set of headphones, exploring new ways to enjoy and control music.

Designing a Simplified Interaction 

The LTM material transforms the device into the actual user interface, the sound being controlled without the user having to take his phone out of the pocket or bag.

When the user is “on the go”, either walking or cycling, he can stop the music by taking the device off his head, and start it again by putting it back on. This simplifies the actions of the user in situations such as when walking into a shop or meeting an acquaintance, and provides safety since the user is not distracted by operating his phone.

The integrated light of the LTM material also provides safety by acting as a warning light when the user is moving through street traffic.

At the office, the control of the music is done through simple twisting of the headphones’ band or by placing them on a desk. This again simplifies the interaction because the user no longer needs to switch from his work screen to the music control panel to pause, stop or play it.

Offering a Distinctive Identity 

Headphones have evolved from being just a personal audio device to also being a lifestyle object. Similar to a bag or sunglasses, headphones represent and express the users’ identity. The style element is a defining factor in the success a brand enjoys among its’ consumers.

The Intuitive Headphones integrate not only a simplified way of interaction, but also an enhanced element of visual identity.

The integrated OLED technology/solution behaves and responds in a distinctive way, offering a rich array of opportunities for both users and audio brands. The unique properties of the LTM material make the Intuitive Headphones more than just a functional device, transforming them into a lifestyle object with a distinctive identity.

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About Light.Touch.Matters 

Light.Touch.Matters is an EU funded research project in which designers and material researchers joined forces to develop a completely new generation of smart materials that can sense touch and respond with luminescence.

he base technologies are novel Piezo plastics and flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Being thin, flexible and formable, these ‘light touch materials’ promise to revolutionize product design by integrating luminescence and touch in such a way that eventually the product becomes the interface.

During the project, various technology demonstrators will be developed to show the potential of these novel interface technologies, principally within the domain of care and well-being, although opportunities for spin-off to other domains (e.g. automotive) will also be addressed.