Shubhangi Chuhadia, a San Francisco-based designer, has created a groundbreaking device that redefines the traditional graffiti experience. Inspired by the artistic merit of graffiti and the desire to circumvent its negative connotations, Chuhadia developed Aria, an AR spray controller that allows artists to create stunning 2D/3D graffiti art in a virtual world. This innovative approach not only promotes graffiti art but also eliminates the legal and social repercussions associated with it.
Aria stands out for its unique properties and design. The device's exterior casing is designed for injection molding, with a durable, charcoal black lower portion and a translucent upper section. Inside, it houses an array of components, including gyroscopes, LED pipes, batteries, a printed circuit board, and modules for both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The controller also features piezoelectric actuators that deliver precise, tactile feedback, enhancing the user's overall experience.
Designed to be handheld, the Aria Controller measures 120mm in height and 38mm in diameter. The translucent cap on top of the device features a convenient gap with a width of 22mm, specifically designed to comfortably accommodate an average-sized finger. To use the controller, the user simply puts their index finger through the top gap and presses the button located on the top to start spraying. The menu button brings up the user interface, while the scroll buttons can be used to switch between colors, nozzle type, and sizes.
The development of Aria involved comprehensive research, including interviews with individuals experienced in augmented reality technology and graffiti art. An analysis of existing products in the market within augmented and virtual reality was also carried out to identify potential gaps and innovation opportunities. The result is a controller designed for spray painting in augmented reality, providing a tactile and intuitive user experience.
Despite the challenges faced in the design process, such as combining the aesthetics of a tech object with the dynamic nature of spray painting and designing an immersive user experience that incorporated both the physical outdoor environment and the virtual digital space, Chuhadia successfully created a product that balances form and function. Aria was awarded Silver in A' Futuristic Design Award in 2023, a testament to its innovative design and potential to transform the graffiti art scene.
In conclusion, Shubhangi Chuhadia's Aria is a revolutionary device that offers a new dimension in graffiti artistry. By leveraging the latest advancements in mixed reality and NFT technologies, Aria provides a platform for artists to express their creativity in a digital space, while also offering an immersive experience for art enthusiasts. As we move towards a more digitalized world, devices like Aria are paving the way for new forms of artistic expression.
Project Designers: Shubhangi Chuhadia
Image Credits: All images by Shubhangi Chuhadia
Project Team Members: Shubhangi Chuhadia
Project Name: Aria
Project Client: Shubhangi Chuhadia