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'GetUnderTheSkin' - Hacking and Making Sensory Toy Style Radio.

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This document will show you how to make a 'GetUnderTheSkin' Radio that I designed as part of a University project.

We were given the task to redesign a radio using existing components from one we were given. I began by designing this around a character who would value this product. However, as my design and prototyping process unfolded, I recognised other uses and benefits the radio could have. 

It is a perfect sensory toy for those with special needs or visual impairments. It also allows you as the user to explore and develop your senses, using dial hands to feel your way to the volume and frequency you desire with bright lights pathing the way. 

It is a subtle focal point in any environment, bright lights and music grabbing your attention. It is designed to intrigue and bring out the curious side of the user, intuitively encouraging people to interact and engage with it.

The GetUnderTheSkin radio Can be seen as being a calming visual in a room, watch it glow as the daylight falls.


For this you will need :-

A circuit board from an old/unused radio. I used a Sony 2 band handheld radio.
2 sheets of plastic - 305 x 305 mm and 248 x 224 mm
High Density foam.
Stretchy Material (preferably Lycra, colour of your own preference) - 50 x 50 mm
Sheet of sponge material. (can use that of cleaning cloth)
20 LEDs (colour of your own preference, I used red but with clear plastic casing) and lots of wire for hooking these up. 
2 x AA Batteries 
Araldite Glue
UHU Glue

Tools :-

Soldering kit
Laser cutter
Hand sander



 
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jpnagle592 years ago
Well done and good intellect used. I have been looking at doing something similar to this. My thought was to use 'lighted' acrylic rods placed in the vertical to tune, and volume the build. I have not gotten passed the using the rods inherent 'static' properties to do the work of tuning and volume. The goal is to use capacitance to do the tuning and such. I've gotten it down to a 10th of a mHz with 1/2 inch of travel, but I have not worked out the length of travel to tuning/volume increase/decrease problems... you have done a very nice build, show us more please...Jamie
LynseyBrownlow (author)  jpnagle592 years ago
Thanks very much Jamie! What you're doing sounds very interesting. Be sure to document it so I can have a look.. Good luck with it!
stephenb12 years ago
Great product! Nice design with practical and useful implications....good job!
abrownlow12 years ago
Oh my absolute god...well done!