Jarlene is an intelligent cloud radio that brings the joys and benefits of cloud-based music services to a wider audience. By capturing and identifying tracks from other devices, Jarlene tailors personal cloud-fuelled radio stations to match the user’s preferences.
To give the cloud a tangible identity we used the metaphor of a jar that captures and holds music, mirroring how Jarlene generates personalized online radio stations based off of a song the user likes and stores them.
Jarlene’s shell was crafted out of stacked laser cut layers of MDF, shaped further on a lathe, and sanded for a painted matte finish. Before settling on the final shape for the jar, we made several foam variations of the shape to help decide on the most natural placement of the interactions.
For more curious users who wish to explore Jarlene’s other functionalities, the device is delivered with a unique ID that connects it to a web interface where users can explore and manage their stations. In this way, Jarlene’s simple physical interface in conjunction with the web supplement serves as a tool to educate users about other digital services that are available through the cloud.