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A social instrument (v1)

// October 6th, 2009 // 1 Comment » // Physical Computing

This is my first project for physical computing. I call it a social instrument. Reason being is that it requires two people to play the instrument. The interface is very simple. There are two buttons, one for each person. The simplicity of the interface shifts the interest from the interaction with the device, to the interaction with the other person. It is this social interaction that drove my interest in developing the project.

social instrument v1

I am hoping to develop the project further. One of the ideas I have is to add a sensor in the middle of the device. This would add a new social interaction of interest as the two users would have to fight over the use of the new control. I am also planning on redesigning the interface slightly to add further clarity that device is meant for two people. As well I am also planning on experimenting further with the possible melodies that can be played. I will leave to guess what song the instrument is playing now. I will give you a clue though. I chose a song that has a very easy rhythm to play. You can watch the video here to hear it in action and see if you can figure out what it is …

more photos on my flickr page.