DZGN 3 July, 2012
Industrial designer Daniel Kussmaul’s BarCode Jukebox transfers the classic jukebox concept to the future.

Designed by industrial designer Daniel Kussmaul, the ambition of this work, BarCode Jukebox, is to transfer the classic jukebox concept into the future and to make it accessible for a broad audience. In contrast to the heavy clumsy boxes usually associated with jukeboxes the “BarCode Jukebox” hangs from the ceiling and seems to float in the air while illuminating the surrounding space. To play a specific music title the user has to hold a barcode underneath the integrated scanner at the bottom of the device. Coded music titles are available on flyers and vouchers. To play a random title any barcode at hand can be scanned, for example on bottles, tickets, etc. The device consists of a LED screen which is capable of playing light animations and color transitions according to the present music play-back.

The “BarCode Jukebox” offers novel interaction and a increased audiovisual experience and therefore takes the barcode concept to a new level. The fully functional prototype of the “BarCode Jukebox” was exhibithioned at the IMM 2008, Cologne. Daniel Stephan Kussmaul graduated from 
the University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Media Technology, Deggendorf, Germany in 2003/2004 – the Academy of Art and Design (HfG), Faculty of Industrial Design, Offenbach am Main, Germany in 2005/2012. He also studied abroad (DAAD scholarship) at the Tongji University, Department of Industrial Design, Shanghai, China in 2010/2011. His awards include “Lights Of The Future” award – nominated for the “Barcode Jukebox” concept in 2008, 
iF concept award – Winner in the “industrial design” category for the “RO Nanorobotic Printing System” concept. Kussmaul is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Daniel Kussmaul‘s BarCode Jukebox makes the classic jukebox concept accessible for a broad audience.