June 22, 2012

Arduino-based Palliard Punch Installation

 To commemorate the history of punch-card controlled industrial weaving machines, Meg Grant has created an amazing installation that consists of a punch-card reader and a wall-mounted mimic display. Users can perforate their own cards, and once read the installation will play back various sound loops representative of the original weaving machines. You can see a demonstration in the following video:

Meg has used a mixture of Arduino hardware, an small PC running Processing, and two LED matrices to read the punch cards. For more information about the project, visit Meg's site here. When looking to create your own Arduino-based project, please consider using our Freetronics Eleven - the Arduino Uno-compatible with onboard prototyping area:

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