Interactive Tire Swing Plays Music When In Motion [Video]

Interactive Tire Swing Plays Music When In Motion [Video]
Arts & Culture

Listen to changing sounds while having fun with this creative project.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 10 may 2013

The Interactive Musical Tire Swing plays different musical tracks and beats depending on the acceleration and rotation of the rider.

The unique tire swing first made its appearance in last year’s Maker Startup Weekend sponsored by TechShop and Autodesk, and it will once again be at this year’s Maker Faire on May 18 and 19 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds.


The interactive tire swing was developed by the team of Christina Chu, Bill Thomasmeyer, Andrew Maximow, and Ace Shelander.  The team wanted to show how movements can trigger changes in music. The rider of the tire swing can trigger sounds and lights by controlling the speed and how they spin on the swing.

The team used an iPhone and a Redpark Serial Cable connected to an Arduino for the swing. The Arduino microprocessor board chooses different mp3 tracks and beats and flashing LED lights based on different measurements from an accelerometer and gyrometer inside the tire swing.


Watch the clip below to see how the musical tire swing works.

Interactive Musical Tire Swing


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