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I have this mini bluetooth speaker that is really awesome and the volume it is capable of is amazing. I was showing it to the teens I work with at a youthcenter while we were sitting at a table with a checkerboard/ chessboard design on it, The speaker was sitting in one of the squares while a teen controlled the music on my phone. When another teen asked why the music was changing, he jokingly said it was because he moved the speaker to another square. That gave me an idea and the teens were interested in doing it. I want to make his joke true. somehow make it so that the speaker plays a different song for each square on the board in which it is placed. Very interactive and something that is easy to change the songs out for newer ones as time goes by. The problem is that I have no idea how to do this and I have no idea how to put it into terms I can use to search instructables for any exisiting projects I can learn from. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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kidNeutrino
kidNeutrino

8 years ago

I think canucksgirl is onto a good design solution. If each square is a sensor then the signal can feedback into a set of programmed loops. This could be as simple as setting up a pad of conductive material on each square and a conductive pad on the bottom of the speaker unit. When the speaker is put down, the microprocessor reads the touch variable difference which triggers it to send the tune to the broadcast circuit for the speaker.

One variable for feedback would be capacitance change. Look for tutorials on Theremins, drum machines, or anything else using touch sensor techs.

Sounds like you are doing some awesome work there, keep it up.

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ecsaul23
ecsaul23

Answer 8 years ago

thanks so much to all 3 of you for helping. Its sounding alot harder than i thought it would be. I'll keep researching things. Im itching to use my arduino from class but i dont have too much money to put into this. If anyone takes this idea and runs with it, I'd love to see a video!

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rickharris
rickharris

8 years ago

1. Decide on how to play the music
2. Examine how the device changed the music played
3. Devise a remote way to operate that method of changing the music
4. Devise a method of differentiating between each of the 64 squares.

Note this isn't going to be cheap or easy.

Addressing the squares could be done with a different pattern on the squares - look up grey scale

Using magnets using binary you are going to need 6 "bits" to number each square from 0 63 ( a total of 64 possible combinations)

Using 64 different shaped icons on each square?

There seem to be some options but it requires some good electronics and microprocessor knowledge.

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

8 years ago

I wonder if you couldn't just make the board pressure sensitive, so that when a piece is lifted and placed back down it triggers a change in song?