Making waves with Moritz Simon Geist
Robotics engineer, classically trained musician, and relentless experimenter Moritz Simon Geist put himself on the map by designing and building robots that play music. Tinkering in his Dresden workshop, Geist is drawn to the rhythms, melodies, and harmonies to be found in any number of unlikely sources.
Like, say, a Polestar 2.
Moritz found waves.
More specifically, he located sound waves from the various components of Polestar 2. Given that the car was built for minimal vibration, this was no easy feat. The specific robot in Moritz’ team that found these waves was a custom-made sniffer, mounted on a 6-axis arm. It picked up frequencies emitted by Polestar 2’s electronic components, which Moritz was then able to play like an instrument. If harps had hertz, they’d sound like this.
Other robots in Moritz’ assembly of automated assistants included solenoid-triggered components from a converter unit, fans from the battery pack’s coolant system which swish Styrofoam balls in a tube, and mics attached to the mechanical relays of a switching unit.
Once the robots were built, the next step was to capture them in action. The Lise Meitner House on the Humboldt University of Berlin campus played host to Moritz and his abovementioned orchestra as they performed his composition.
When supplying the Polestar 2 to Moritz, we knew he’d find something. We just didn’t expect it to sound quite this good. Hear it for yourself here.
More than the sum of its parts: BST edition 270
Working with others comes with a wealth of advantages. The sharing of expertise, lessons learned, and creating things that would never have been possible while working alone. The Polestar 2 BST edition 270 is one such thing. A passion project brought to you by the best in the business.
COP27: virtual attendance, real results
The Conference of Parties, more commonly known as COP, is the biggest and most important annual conference on climate change. The objective, which is easier said than done, is to gather nations, decision makers and corporations to address ways in how we should tackle the climate crisis. This year marks the 27th edition, held in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Or in our case, Gothenburg, Sweden. To minimise our environmental impact, we decided to do things a little differently this year.