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Turning Beat Boxing Into An Instrument
CONCEPT | BUILD | DEV | VIDEO | ART
One night, driving home from Northern Virginia, the goofiest thought hit me. What if I could turn Beat Boxing into an object. How would it look like. How would it work? I asked two of my friends (Rob and Tim) to lend me their skills and recorded the three base sounds (Bass, Treble and Snare), and cut them into single .wav files.
Then I gathered up my equipment. I chose ping sensors, so that one could play the Beat Boxing Box by moving their hands above it at different heights.
I assigned three distances to each sensor giving me a total of 9 different sounds that could be mixed and matched together. I decided on using three Arduinos, so that each instrument section could be played simultaneously.
Finally I made some sketches of the final product and using a laser cutter, cut out the design from wood. The Sensors were tucked inside the box, with an opening allowing for their proper function.
Beat Boxing Box received a special recognition for "Favorite Toy of the Night" from the judges at the Tech+ Toys Event.
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