Smart speakers were meant to look more like typical living room antiques in order to make consumers more comfortable with them. Their appearances integrated well with whatever theme you were working with, especially if that theme was on the more minimalist side of things. Their fabric-covered bodies were also readily mistaken for upholstery, which added to the overall effect of their placement in the living space.
As a result, several manufacturers have chosen to utilize practically invisible touch controls or at the very least inconspicuous buttons on the surface of the speaker in order to reduce the visual clutter that traditional physical controls would create on such a minimalist speaker. This design has grown conventional and even mundane to the point where it is almost dull to look at it anymore. The sense of touch, which is one of the most vital senses in the human body, was also taken for granted by them.
This smart speaker concept infuses a sense of imagination into the device, making it not just more engaging, but also more approachable. The LUA speaker, which gets its name from the Portuguese word for “moon,” quickly draws your attention with its less than basic look. The lower half of the moon represents the dark side of the moon, and it is covered with the traditional fabric that represents the location where the sound comes out. Its upper half is similar to the “bright” side of the moon because it is always visible, while its lower half is where the indicators and controls are located.
Even though it has a completely round shape, the LUA smart speaker’s top and bottom borders have been chopped to make it more flat on the top and bottom. A soft material coated with cloth is used to create the top surface, and it is here that your finger will do most of the talking. Because the controls are designed to be pressure-sensitive, they do not require you to press a specific region of the screen in order to activate an action. With the ability to press or swipe anywhere on the screen, and with the ability to press gently or firm, the computer brains inside will determine if you are attempting to turn up the volume or skip to the next track.
The speaker’s flat bottom is where it links to the wireless charging station, which also serves as a levitation platform for LUA. The wireless charging station is located on the flat bottom of the speaker. When the speaker is fully charged, the concept is that the powerful magnets at the base and bottom of the speaker will activate and resist each other. This endows LUA with an almost mystical quality that is entirely appropriate for its name.
One of the most remarkable aspects of this concept is that practically all of the technology it refers to is currently in use, from pressure-sensitive fabrics to levitating speakers. It is likely that all that is required is for someone to really take that concept and turn it into a product that will definitely gain popularity as a result of its innovative approach to the smart speaker user experience.