Project
Overview

CONTEXT
The newly opened CSE building, Bill & Melinda Center provides the CSE Department at the University of Washington with spacious community space and advanced facilities. However,  it has led to a unique challenge for the CSE Ph.D. community.

PROBLEM
The Ph.D. community is centered around offices and/or research labs, where the students spend the most of their time. Therefore, when some labs moved to the new Gates Center, a spatial division arose and separated the Ph.D. community into two sub-communities. The Ph.D. students now have fewer spontaneous interactions with each other.

SOLUTION OVERVIEW

To address this problem, we designed JuscseBox, a pair of music installations. JucseBox fosters spontaneous interactions by allowing users to listen to synchronized music at the same time across the two CSE buildings.

Left: Jucsebox 1 in the Allen Building Ph.d. Lounge | Right: Jucsebox 2 in the Gates Center Ph.d. Lounge

FEATURE I: SEND SONGS

With JucseBox, users from one building are able to send songs to their peers in the other building.
FEATURE II: ACCEPT/REJECT SONGS

The users from the other building can choose to accept or reject the song just being sent. The acceptance/rejection will be announced with a meme.
FEATURE III: RECT TO THE CURRENT SONG

The users can also react to the currently playing song and the reactions will show up in both buildings.
COMPONENTS

Each installation contains the following components: the physical JucseBox, a keyboard,14 buttons, a Surface pro screen, a speaker, a motion sensor and LED lights.
DESIGN PROCESS

We went through the process of research, ideation, prototyping, testing before we built our final installations. If you are interested in learning more about the process, feel free to hit me up!