30. Scanners

Reflections on the craft challenges of embedding interactive codes into delicate wooden structures

Carolan Guitar

The team has been living with Carolan for a short while now, giving regular demos to a number of people in different settings and observing what happens when they scan the codes. So, we felt it was time to reflect on the technical aspects of embedding the codes into the guitar and the lessons learned for luthiery, and to summarise as to how well the guitar’s Aestheticodes stand up to being scanned?

Right from the start of this project we knew we were venturing into uncharted waters; by using woods, inlay, engraving and sound holes as part of the codes we only added uncertainty and risk – but that’s all part of the research and of course the fun! We tested as best we could throughout the design and build process as we discussed in earlier blog posts, such as 4. Questions, 6. Etchings and 11. Mock-up. Despite all the testing…

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