Antonella Nonnis Interaction Designer/Creative Thinker

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Electronic pop up piano


– pop-ups, electronics, paper computing, arduino, capacitive sensor, piano, prototypes

The pop-up piano page turns an Arduino into a capacitive sensor, which can sense the electrical capacitance of the human body. Using 1 Arduino and 1 megaohm resistor for each of the keynotes, wires and copper foil, the sensors work as a human touch pressure sensors that activate the notes on the piano when the keys are pressed. Please note that at the present moment the page is at a prototyping stage and two of the notes have been left out and are not working because when shot the video I had just 10 resistors at my disposal :)
The electronic pop-up piano will be embedded in a pop-up 'book' made with movable parts and other sensors. Further updated videos and pictures will be uploaded as it develops. The pop-up piano has been featured on,, and on Discovery Channel's Weird Planet, segment of the show Daily Planet, on the 9th of May 2013. This video features the track "Orchestrated Incident" (Street Bangerz Vol. 2) by Gramatik. No copyright infringement is intended.