Traditional wheel-tuned radios have been used for decades by listeners. They provide a simple interface based on a tuning wheel to dial the frequency and marking a needle to show the tuned station. We would like to take advantage of this intuitive tuning wheel interface by utilising mental models for our Wheel Digital Radio. The design with a consistent mental model does help users to select the intended mental model to use because at a glance it could be interpreted as radio.
Our Wheel Digital Radio is inspired by the traditional wheel-tuned radio and we try to emphasize the analog radio’s intuitive interface. The radio body itself is a tuning wheel and it helps users intuitively to understand how it works, and how to use as usual.