The shape of the wooden CRDL is inviting to touch and strengthens the sensory experience.
The geometry is derived from a volume based on the ‘golden ratio’. The ellipsoid housing is characterised by its mobile form, the pronounced continuous grain in the wood, the lack of visible connections and the low centre of gravity result in a balanced object (that can’t fall over). The panels, which have been elevated with a felt pattern, form a tactile contrast with the smooth wood. The innovative technology is hidden within the wooden casing.
Users play each another
The interaction starts when two users each place a hand on the CRDL and form a circuit by touching each other. Thanks to the innovative technology and intelligent software, the CRDL recognises differences in specific resistance in the circuit that has been created. This enables it to differentiate between the different forms of physical contact. Users can hold each other, rub, tap or tickle. By using the human body as a part of the mechanism, users are not so much playing the instrument, but rather each other.
The circuit can be extended by adding people to the circle, like links in a chain. Each participant has the same opportunity to influence the interaction. During their research, designers Jack Chen and Dennis Schuivens experienced how older users in particular were uncertain when it came to seeing technology. Because this can hinder the use of the equipment and instruments, they chose an approachable design for the object to appeal to the curiosity in people. This is also why a natural material was chosen, an organic form with no visible connections, controls or connection ports. The CRDL is an innovative technical product that, thanks to its design, doesn’t look like it to the user.
Made in the Netherlands
The CRDL is produced in the Netherlands from solid hard wood originating from sustainably managed forests. All the wood that is used in the production is replanted. To limit the natural movement of the wood, a solid block is produced from two opposite glued parts. This block is then divided into two: the bowl and the lid. Both parts are given reference marks to maintain the continuous grain in the final product. The parts are then milled into an organic form using a CNC machine. The parts are then sanded down and detailed by hand. The CRDL is then treated with a UV-resistant wood oil.
A pattern is cut into both sides of the top of the CRDL using a waterjet cutter. This pattern is then lined with conductive felt containing silver wire. The electronic system, consisting of a speaker, the integrated PCB and the rechargeable battery, is fitted and connected to the inside of the housing. A magnetic connective system is used to seal the instrument.
Special storage box
The CRDL is supplied in a wooden laser-cut storage box that has been assembled using wood joints. The inside of the box is fitted with a wooden framework that carries the organic shape of the CRDL.