Launched by Danish brand Bang & Olufsen at the International Consumer Electronics Show (January 6-9), the BeoSound Moment is a control system that connects speakers throughout the home, playing music from the user’s library or cloud-based services.
The tablet-style remote features a touch-wheel volume control and a touchscreen featuring a specially designed interface that allows the user to choose music based on their mood. A single touch on the rainbow-coloured circle selects a themed playlist accordingly – for example, red signifies passion, while yellow indicates an energetic feeling. Touching towards the centre of the circle selects music favoured by the user, while touching further out plays less familiar tracks, encouraging the user to listen to new music.
The device also features Pattern Play, which tracks the user’s listening preferences and predicts music or radio programmes they may like based on previous habits. The use of data collection to personalise the user experience is becoming increasingly popular in audio solutions – see Aether: The Intuitive Speaker for another example.
Removable from its docking station, the reverse of the remote features an oak panel with a touch-sensitive wheel impressed into the surface that can be used to control volume or turn on Pattern Play. The use of wood offers a natural feel that helps the device blend into home environments.
As identified in Digital Music in Flux, online streaming has revolutionised the way we listen to music. This shift is seeing brands readdress audio design to create new devices more suitable to these new consumption methods – see Power of Sound: Audio Innovations for further insight. For more on the influence of emotions on user interfaces, see Beyond Wearables from our Post-Digital Macro Trend.
Look out for more coverage of International CES 2015, coming soon. In the meantime, take a look at our reports from last year’s event.