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Month: November 2014

Auto Glock: Sun 30th Nov. 2014

 

People stare at a Solenoid-Powered Glockenspiel…

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This Sunday witnessed a significant upgrade to the design of the Frame Project, which is thoroughly detailed here [ link ]. This preliminary version is an A-type frame, and the main advantage is the vastness of space created to place much bigger objects.

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Frame v2.0 upgraded design – uses curtain rails holders! [ Thanks to Tim ]

The advantages of this design are aplenty:

  • Extremely lightweight: consists of total of 5 pieces – wood, aluminium and alloy metal.
  • Compact and Portable: requires only an allen key and a Philips screw driver to disassemble.
  • Can easily fit into backpack.
  • Easily made using basic wood/metal working skills and access to a DIY shop.

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Maker Faire: Sat 15th Nov. 2014

We recently had a lot of fun participating at the Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire. It was inspiring to meet so many creatives and makers, and to receive such great feedback. This is the summary of the event, with videos, photographs and some sounds!

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The Frame has somewhat always been a core project we’ve been developing for sometime. The objective was very simple; to be able to hear and listen to any ( or at least most ) physical objects. In the photographed contraption, any object hung in the frame can be heard via headphones. An enthusiastic listener can hang any object she/he likes to listen to.

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It is indeed simply built, and uses Piezo discs picked up from Maplins to transduce the sounds of the objects. As in the spirit of DIY and Hackspaces, we hung an old used circular Saw blade, and a rafter’s square – both of which sound absolutely sublime. It was great to witness people from all ages appreciate what otherwise could be dangerous, or just extremely boring ordinary objects.

It is unfortunate our sound recordings of the event were corrupted, below is the only recording that survived. Admirably, it is the sound of the relays and solenoids used in the glockenspiel photographed below, plus the ambient sounds of the Maker Faire!

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Introducing the Automatic Glockenspiel; a generous number of relays and solenoids; meticulously controlled instrument by the computer. A precise glockenspiel, which can achieve lightning fast play speeds, otherwise unachievable by the mere average human being. We’re no longer needed to play anything, let the machines rule! We’ve filmed this in previous posts if you want to have a look. More info. and possibly tutorials on how this works soon. We’re very excited to try this on other instruments as well 🙂

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It was amazing to participate in such an energetic event. The feedback we received was incredibly reinvigorating, and an essential source of energy for all of us to take into an exciting new year. This will help us take our projects and objectives to new heights.

We’re very thrilled to end this year on such a high note. Our next meetup will be on Sunday 25th January 2015 7pm at the London Hackspace. We’re looking forward to the new year, and the adventures that await us.

 

Best Wishes this Christmas.

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