Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mandala Mobile

Today I entered a contest through the fun theory, where the challenge was to alter human behavior by making the action fun. I submitted the Mandala Mobile, a sunrise alarm clock, making it easier and more enjoyable to get out of bed. Click here to check out the other entries and vote for your favorite.

The winner of the fun theory contest gets of course cash, the money to make and install the art, but I am most interested in getting my name out there by being on the fun theory website. I am already making this particular mobile for a commission, so I won't be super disappointed if I don't win the contest.

This is still in the early design stage, but this is the essence of the project:

The Mandala Mobile simulates a colorful sunrise using lights, along with peaceful music and a fan/space heater set to a timer, to eliminate the excuses that it’s too cold or dark to get out of bed.

The suspended Mandala Mobile is a meditative pattern of bouncy balls and slinkys. The toys are of various sizes and vivid colors give a playful and nostalgic feeling. Like a kaleidoscope that is always morphing, the fan/space heater will gently move the bouncy balls and slinkys, making them calming to watch.

Another changeable aspect is the programmable lights, going from a vivid sunrise, full light for reading, a colorful sunset and a night setting mimicking the aura borealis using black lights.
Once you have the Mandala Mobile hanging over your bed, your new problem will be going to sleep!

By now I bet the random posts about slinkys and bouncy balls are making more sense. :-) I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for this sunrise alarm clock.

1 comment:

  1. A chumby would be a good base to tie all the different actions together.