Feb 2017, a 2-day mini project
Physical computing, Arduino, 3D print
This is a short-term project I did in my spare time. The idea is to make a simple wearable musical instrument that can be a toy for both adults and kids. The instrument is controlled by moving fingers. It plays different pitches when bending and stretching fingers. The working prototypes were made by Arduino.
Firstly, figure out how to make it work...
Based on the idea of making a simple instrument that is controlled by finger, I made a fast prototype, using cardboard, to figure out the basic structure and possible positions for sensors.
3D printed the prototype.
Fixed the sensors and programmed the prototype.
More wearable and fun?
The phase1 prototype proved the feasibility. I determined to use pressure sensors and soft potentiometer sensors and how to position them. I tried other materials in next versions.
Used soft material and conductive tape instead of plastic and wires.
Simplified the design and made it more fun.