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Physical Prototyping, Arduino, Interaction Design

PARRROT - Portable Pirate Radio

Year: 2018
Project Type: Educational
Institution: CIID


︎ CIID | Interaction Design Programme’18

Project: Parrrot
Role: Interaction Designer
Team: Alex Penman, Abhishek Kumar, Anna Smeragliuolo

Parrrot is a project made during the Physical Computing workshop at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. The objective of the workshop was to get comfortable prototyping physical product containing electronics and communication with digital systems.

Special thanks to design leads Ubi di Feo and Dario Buzzini

Portable Pirate Radio

Parrrot is a portable 2-channel mixer and pirate radio station. Built by radio pirates for radio pirates, this device allows for unlimited mixing of music combined with the ability to take over local radio waves.

Each channel streams music directly from “The Ocean,” a global database of online radios. Using simple volume adjustment, the two channels can be mixed together and recorded in one minute soundbytes. The clips are then uploaded to Pandemonium, an online radio station consisting entirely of mashups made by the Parrrot community. Every mashup is added to the radio playlist and the result is an infinite stream of mashups broadcasted on a never-ending loop. Parrrot devices come with a built-in FM transmitter which can be used to take over local frequencies and broadcast Pandemonium. At any given time, Pandemonium could be taking over the radio waves in every corner of the world with the same music, freeing pirate radio from local constraints and bringing it into a global context.

Parrrot draws inspiration from the radio pirates that have come before it. By reducing it down to its core components, the Parrrot is small and simple, allowing pirates to bring it with them wherever they go. It is sleek, taking form factor cues from high-end audio products that any sound enthusiast would love. At the same time, it remains an open canvas for customization, allowing for each pirate to change their Parrrot into a unique personal expression. From mixing to broadcasting to personal aesthetics, each pirate brings their own style into the global Parrrot community.


Abhishek Kumar

Alex Penman

Anna Smeragliuolo
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