Jam-O-Drum device has gone through several iterations of design.
Here are some considerations that have been a staple for all Jam-O-Drum
devices, up to the current design.
devices had been built with three, six and twelve player stations.
The ETC project group thought that a four-person device would offer
more opportunity for team play while also creating a sociable intimate
atmosphere for communication between players.
was decided that the height of the table surface should be low enough
for users in the typical age range of visitors of the museum while
still being comfortable for adult use. The height should also conform
to universal design principles by being wheelchair accessible. A
height of 34" was decided upon to meet those goals.
tabletop would have to support four speakers mounted to or near
it, while containing a subwoofer within its base. The speakers would
have to have some kind of covering so that the projections would
still appear on their surface. The base would have to be big enough
to hold a subwoofer. It would also have to be visually covered yet
order to give the table a visual appeal, the project groups discussed
various methods to design the table base and sides. Some of the
ideas discussed include curved sides, use of internal lighting,
plexiglass panels and other ideas intended to give the device a
funky, yet inviting appearance. However, it was decided that the
table itself was should focus of the experiences and 'keep it simple'
in terms of design.