Laser Voice Visualizer

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About: Will Bosworth, developing projects for HowToons @ SquidLabs.

Intro: Laser Voice Visualizer

Like hearing yourself talk? wish you could see yourself talk? shine a laser at a mirror that shakes with your voice.

Step 1: Parts Layout

(1) ~6" of 1.5" pvc
(2) enough thin plastic to rop around an end of the PVC (typical sandwich bag is fine)
(3) small mirror (find a locket, or use a glass cutter on a mirror, or even use a small piece of polished metal)
(4) laser pointer
(5) tape (duct, I s'pose)
(6) some wood for a base plate

Step 2: Cover End of Pvc

place plastic over one end of pvc. rap a rubber band tightly over the plastic and the pvc, pull edges of plastic down to tighten the plastic over the pvc hole.

Step 3: Put Mirror on Plastic

tape the small mirror onto the plastic, as centered as you can comfortably eyeball.
(picture coming)

Step 4: Assemble

First tape the pvc tube down, leaving the open end slightly hanging over the edge (you wll be talking / singing into this side). Use a small piece of wood to angle it upwards slightly.

Next, place the laser onto the baseplate. Recommend turning the laser on while attaching it to the base-plate so that you can aim the laser onto the mirror while you tape it down. Another small piece of wood might help angle the laser correctly.

Step 5: To Use:

Turn on the laser, find where on the wall your laser is pointing. Speak or sing into the pvc and watch as the laser-point on the while vibrates to the sound of your voice. Consider making many for your friends and doing a laser light show.

Step 6: To Use:

Turn on the laser, find where on the wall your laser is pointing. Speak or sing into the pvc and watch as the laser-point on the while vibrates to the sound of your voice. Consider making many for your friends and doing a laser light show.

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    ELF

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Back in college one team in science class visualised sound in a quite different way. They took a tube, and drilled an array of holes all the way across. I THINK they then sealed off one end with a membrane, and blew flamable gas into it from the other end. Then ignited the gas so flames would be blowing out of the holes. When a noise then made the membrane vibrate, the gas pressure varied inside the tube, changing the height of the flames, and in that way visualising the sound waves... And ehm... I don't suggest trying it out yourself ;)

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    karossiiELF

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    These are called Ruben's Tubes, and you can find hundreds of examples online. Mythbusters had a segment on one, but it never made it to TV... you can see the clip on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEiEBEadZFI&feature=related

    Basically, you plug one end with a speaker and the other end has gas intake. They're really fun and as long as you follow typical safety precautions when working with flames and pressurized gas, relatively safe to play around with.

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    Vissykarossii

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated.

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    wethecom

    10 years ago on Step 6

    atatch the pile to a bass speaker hole on a common computer sounds system eve moore there is a link to melt a cd and have it spin to make similuar sick light shows combined some how would rock...ill look into it

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    if that laser pen in there is 5Mw than you could solder it a bit on the inside and make it burn stuff. its on www.youtube.com. its cool

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    connorcancount!

    11 years ago on Step 2

    actually, if you use a balloon for this step, it vibrates easier and make the laser design crazier.

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    marc92

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Where did you get that laser pointer? It is very nice.

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    CameronSS

    11 years ago

    Is there a video or picture of this somewhere? It sounds like it would be uber cool, but I'd like to see a picture of the laser show before I go hunting down some of my 1.5" PVC.

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    smartml

    12 years ago on Step 6

    a very nice project thanks for the simplification of the structure.

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    mikesty

    12 years ago

    This is pretty neat - we had an experiment similar to this in physics class not long ago involving tuning forks :)