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Chromecast Audio

I was fortunate to lead the software design for a new Google audio product: Chromecast Audio. It's the best way to stream high-quality music to home speakers using a simple adapter.

2015  //  Lead, Design

Making Speakers Smart

 

Chromecast Audio is a small device that plugs into speakers, enabling users to stream music from their favorite iOS and Android apps. Like its sibling and TV counterpart, the original Chromecast, this new audio-based solution brings high-quality output to existing speakers in an affordable and simple package.

 
 
 

Setup Using Chromecast App

 

New devices are automatically detected when the app is opened and a straightforward setup proceeds.

 
 
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Card-based controls

 

A simple set of cards were designed to represent the variety of Chromecast devices and their status in the Chromecast app (e.g., active vs inactive). Colors and imagery support the device-type and varying data (e.g., album art, available meta data, and limited data).

 
 
 
 

Grouping speakers

 

Since music is best enjoyed loudly and without interruptions, Chromecast Audio was designed to link multiple speakers and support multi-room playback.

 
 
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Casting From Music and Audio Apps

Chromecast Audio works with existing apps. Users simply press the "Cast" button to quickly stream content through their speakers. 

 
 
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Sound Design

Most speakers don't have a screen to communicate media actions. To improve usability, I directed the design of the key sounds heard when interacting with the device. The sounds provide feedback for users and create brand personality for the product.

(Click below to sample the sounds)
 
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