December 02, 2013

Build a multi-touch music control table with Arduino

Once again Amanda Ghassaei has published an outstanding tutorial to make a fun an interesting product. In this example Amanda brings us a multi-touch music controller built into the form of a table.

This involves an 8x8 grid of illuminated areas that have an infra-red laser beam across them - and when a finger or object breaks the beam and causes the IR light to reflect, an IR sensor in each area will detect the beam and thus the touch, with the system then sending the data back to a computer for analysis with MaxMSP and music control. Here's a quick video of the system in action:

If you have some free time and want to recreate your own version, Amanda has published all the required design and code files, so visit the Instructable to get started. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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