Objects Sandbox awards announced

Remote controlled taxidermy, stress relieving data pebbles, augmented music instruments and more to be developed in our new Sandbox

REACT are delighted to announce the six new collaborations taking part in our Objects Sandbox.

Six teams made up of academics, creatives and product design entrepreneurs have been awarded £50,000 each to develop a prototype of an Internet-connected object over the next three months. The diverse cohort includes geographers, ethnomusicologists, award winning product designers, coders, makers, multidisciplinary creative agencies, composers, musicians and more.

The collaborations will design and produce new prototype connected objects and together break new ground in understanding human experience in the Internet of Things.

As REACT Executive producer Clare Reddington describes it,

"The Internet of Things is growing rapidly, but a lot of the work in this area has been for the technology and services associated with it. We are interested in working with brilliant academics and creatives to explore how people will interact with connected objects – what will make them useful, magical or beautiful? It's a brilliant opportunity to break free from the constraints of screen-based content and explore a new language of design that will allow us to consume and share stories in new and physical ways."

About the projects:

Breathing Stone: A stone that senses and reduces stress by generating music from heart rate and breath, produced by University of Bath's Paul Leonard and Chris Clarke, composer Joseph Hyde and entertainment and healthcare startup, Adaptive Media.

Curpanion: An internet-connected, personalised curatorial device that brings life to museum taxidermy, developed by University of Bristol's Merle Patchett and Andrew Flack with the multi-disciplinary, technology and creation studio, Play Nicely.

Fans on Foot: Jewellery to guide cult TV and film fans to locations from their favourite show made by Cardiff University's Naomi Dunstan and Ross Garner and Technologist Tarim of Media Playgrounds.

The God Article: Breathing technological life into an ancient Turkish instrument at the hands of Ethnomusicologist John O'Connell, Sonic Art Scholar Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos and User Experience Designer Anthony Mace.

InTouch: Enabling people in different locations to share stories through audio and touch, InTouch is being developed by University of Bristol's Victoria Bates and Kirsten Cater, along with award-winning Product Design Company Kinneir Dufort.

Reflector: Sharing the profound stories embodied in historical objects related to the Transatlantic Slave Trade, this collaboration is between University of Bristol archaeologists Alex Bentley and Mark Horton and Design Week top 100 agency Uniform.

The projects kick off on March 13th.

Read all about the projects, the collaborators and their ideas on our Objects Sandbox microsite.