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USB Xylophone

by Benjamin, published

USB Xylophone by Benjamin Aug 15, 2012

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Description

Old metallophone (toy) rejuvenated by Arduino, some electromagnets and printed parts :
vimeo.com/46571145
Detail :
vimeo.com/47593529

Can be played with mouse, keyboard and midi files, samples included in software pack:
Georges Brassens - *Ballade des dames du temps jadis*
Agnes Obel - *Riverside*
Yann Tiersen - *Comptine d'un autre été*
Julian Nott - *Wallace and Gromit*
Michael Giacchino - *Married Life* (Pixar *Up* soundtrack)

Flash (AS2) on the software side:
chaaawa.com/xylobot/

Thanks to midicsv:
fourmilab.ch/webtools/midicsv/

Not the first xylobot in the world, but maybe the first in the Thingiverse !

Next step, same thing with homemade solenoids :
thingiverse.com/thing:6049
thingiverse.com/thing:5950

... and wooden bars
to make it sound more "xylo"

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Awesome! I 've been waiting to find one of those toys at a rummage sale so I could do that. Now I have to try harder!

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Instructions

Print as many holders as you have bars.
See pictures for assembly.
ULN2003 on the breadboard (see assembly diagram)

Upload .pde file to your Arduino board.
Install and configure a server proxy (for communication between Arduino and Flash)
Serproxy and Tinkerproxy included in software pack for OS 10.5 and 10.6. Equivalent available for all platform on arduino.cc
In your proxy server config file find the line containing "serial_device1" and give the identifier of your board
Launch server proxy.
Open index.html with your browser, or Arduino_xylobot.swf with standalone Flash Player (add trusted location when prompted).

Can be used as :
- ringtone
- doorbell
- alarm clock
- memory game
- educational toy
- …

A last one, Riverside (Agnes Obel) :
vimeo.com/47593782

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PropellerScience on Aug 17, 2012 said:

Awesome! I 've been waiting to find one of those toys at a rummage sale so I could do that. Now I have to try harder!

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