– pop-ups, electronics, paper computing, arduino, capacitive sensor, sounds, lights, prototype, copper foil tape, primary schools
Inspired by the work of Munari, Montessori and my mum and stimulated by my personal interest in building novel tangible interactions and by children in general, I decided (after prototyping the electronic pop-up piano) to go on with building few other pages to complete a little book which I gave as a birthday present to my 6 years old niece Matilde. The Music,Math,Art and Science Electronic Book contains 4 pages that treat subjects like Music, Maths, Arts and Science and I thought it to be an inspiring introduction to the first year of Primary School that my niece will start this September. The book contains movable parts and uses the electrical capacitance of the human body to activate sounds and lights and other sensors. The pages have been done using recycled materials that I collected during these years in London (paper, fabrics, LEDs, resistors, wires, foil paper, glue, cardboards) and it's powered by 2 Arduinos Diecimila, one that controls the paper Pop-up Piano and the other for the Arts and Science Page. The Math page on the contrary runs autonomously with 2 3V cell batteries. The two Arduinos run with 2 9V batteries although they are more stable if used with the USB through the computer.