MusicInk is an educational toy that teaches children about music in an interactive and technological way. MusicInk is a paint-it-yourself musical instrument kit that includes a set of stencils and bottles of Bare Conductive paint. The electronically conductive paint turns any surface into a simple-to-use electric circuit. Bare Conductive paint made it possible for MusicInk designers to turn any artwork into actual musical instruments, finding a way for kids to play their own drawings.
Musical notes are mediated by an Arduino Duemilanove board and controlled by a Sparkfun MPR121 touch sensor. Encapsulated in a wooden box, the Sparkfun controller can accommodate twelve individual electrodes. Depending on the complexity and the number of electrodes needed for the instrument, MusicInk can play multiple devices at a time. For example, a piano with 6 keys would need 6 individual electrodes, whereas a trumpet only needs one. Each music note has been professionally produced and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
MusicInk can also be managed through a mobile app, which turns MusicInk signals using Pure Data Patch.
Check out MusicInk’s demonstration video below.