Interface for the simultaneous change of parameters in electronic music

The bachelor thesis "Trådfri" dives into hardwaremanipulation to exploid Ikea's engeneering for different pourpoeses. Where Ikea intended the Wireless dimmer to controll their smart light system, this project takes the compact form factor and gesture controll to create a free from controlling surface with midi output. This way a multilevel interaction with musicsynth, live visuals or any other Software can be achieved in a non destructive manner.


Main goal of this project was to design an interface
that uses a wireless interaction tool to provide a spatially unbounded user-created arrangement. Here, the simultaneous modification of parameters in electronic music is the main focus, which is examined in an investigation of the topic. Wireless rotational devices are used to enable this control and can be stacked to create compositions of instruments and effects.

Effect pad

To achiev a secondary funtion of the wireless dimmers so called "effect pads" were created. The original dimmers have a bowl were they can be stored when not in use. This bowl was enhanced with magnetism sensing sensors on a pcb to dettect if a dimmer was placed on it. This way the rotation of the dimmer can get a secondary function. In the prototype usecase this was to select a sound but this can be customized to the software in use.