If London were a circuit board

Go straight at the antenna. Designer creates Tube Map Radio, a map of London's underground, using a series of electronic components.

Hitomi Kai Yoda

Wanna get from South Kensington to Piccadilly on the London underground? According to artist Yuri Suzuki 's Tube Map Radio, you'll just need to pass the capacitor and get off at the resistor.

Using an electronic circuit board, Suzuki created a radio that looks like a map of the London underground. He even strategically placed components to reflect London locales -- a speaker volume knob sits at the site of the famed Speaker's Corner, for example, and a power battery gets placement near the Battersea Power Station on the south bank of the River Thames.

Currently a designer in residence at the Design Museum London, Suzuki, in response to the program's "thrift" theme, has made a collection of working objects that attempt to demystify electronics and give users a better understanding of how they work.

"Today, products such as iPods have sleek, impenetrable skins and nanocomponents too small for the human hand to fix," Suzuki told CNET. "It is difficult for consumers to understand the complexity of the workings behind the exterior."

Suzuki based his Tube Map Radio on Harry Beck's 1933 spoof map of his own original diagrammatic design for the London Underground map. He drew the spoof as an electrical circuit.

The designer in residence show will be on display through January 13. If you want to see it in person, just follow the transistors.

Hitomi Kai Yoda

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