Samsung VL3, VL5 Design Story
Instead of owning music, Millennials enjoy
their tunes as a way of everyday life. They are not
confined to a particular time or space when
listening to music, and pursue a life that always
flows with their favorite melodies in the background.
What kind of audio would be most appropriate
for this generation? The VL Audio Series proposes
a new direction for audio design that incorporates
the lifestyles of the Millennial generation.
With the increased preference for open spaces,
the method of listening to music has changed as
well. Once limited to a single space, music now
permeates through our entire living spaces, and the
various experiences of sound in our everyday lives
have become richer than ever before. As a result,
audio quality has never been more important, and
the old fashioned expectation of where an audio
device should be placed has become obsolete.
The Samsung VL Audio Series grants users the
possibility of relishing their preferred sound and
music in any space. With its simple exterior that
naturally blends into any space or environment, the
VL Audio Series stays true to capturing ‘great sound
quality,’ which is the essence of an audio.
Providing Ease of Installation
The posterior side of the VL Audio series has been
designed to minimize leftover space so that it can
be hung Right close to the wall. The cable length
has also been extended to 4 meters from the
previous 1.5~2 meter length in order for users to
freely install the audio without feeling hindered by
the location of the outlet.
Design that Permeates through Space
The cables of electric devices often become a cause
for distraction in an environment. Both the audio
device itself and the cables of the VL Audio Series
comfortably blend into the space of users. The soft
fabric cables that come in a mixture of white and
light-gray can harmonize with any interior
regardless of where it is placed, whether it is on the
wall or on the floor.
Space and Sound
The UX design of the VL Audio Series allows users to
easily control the audio in environments that limit
communication methods. The clear-cut control
interface that utilizes light, sound, and touch
introduces a way for users to act as a conductor of
both music and the space it occupies.
Simple Features and Comfortable Interactions
Most audio users tend to only use a selected few
functions of the device rather than using a wide
array of functions. Being mindful of this user
analysis research, the VL Audio Series features just
the selected few major functions of an audio, which
are the play, pause, and skip functions. This
simplified group of functions is easily accessible
through the Jog Dial or on the metallic control
panel located on the top of the product.
A Dial that Response to Touch and Sound
The Jog Dial is outfitted with just four functions that
are essential to users. A user’s intuitive interaction
with a device, such as pressing a button or turning
the dial, is paired with straightforward functions
that give users quick accessibility to their desired
functions. The Jog Dial also has voice recognition
capability through its embedded mic that users can
speak into and interact with the device through
voice commands. The VL Audio Series can connect
to other smart devices, and with the Jog Dial, users
can adjust volume or skip to the next track even
while the audio is paired with a smartphone.
- Play / Pause
- Volume Up / Down
- DOUBLE CLICK
- LONG PRESS
- Voice Interaction
Sound may be invisible, but it takes on many
appearances and spreads through every direction.
The VL Audio Series showcases a concise design, function,
and interaction that are unhindered by
unnecessary clutter or waste. This design is
the culmination of Samsung’s desire to fill our users’
spaces with only the pure richness of great sound.