Space Replay: A Hovering Ball that Records and Replays Public Space Sounds


Designers at the Royal College of Art have created a floating black sphere that records and replays sounds it picks up after a short delay.

Called “Space Replay” this project was designed by Will Yates-Johnson, Francesco Tacchini and Julinka Ebhardt. The idea was to create a hovering object that explores and manipulates transitional public spaces with particular acoustic properties. “By constantly recording and replaying these ambient sounds,” the designers write, “the levitating sphere produces a delayed echo of human activity.”

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