Meet The Airdrum V1
(Depreciated version. V3 is being engineered)
We talked with therapists and health care institutions during our research. These Health care institutions (which facilitate housing, learning opportunities and day care for severe disabled people) often encounter the difficulties of communicating with their clients. The institutions experienced that making music together is a great way of communicating and this is why many institutions offer music therapy. These music therapists say that clients are evidently learning and, more importantly, having fun while making music!
Unfortunately, clients are not always able to play traditional instruments because of their mental and physical disabilities.
Contributions to society
According to music therapists, the main goal is having fun. It is proven that people learn more when having fun. When playing an instrument, and particularly the Airdrum, clients can share emotions, practicing their motor skills end learn to listen and watch.
We have four goals concerning the development:
We want everybody to play and interact with the Airdrum. Varying from people who are to experience their first musical device to the professionals, who can use the airdrum as input to their compositions.
While exploring the various specialized instruments for the above mentioned audience, we found out that these are very expensive. Often even more expensive than professional electronic or acoustic instruments. We want the Airdrum to be played for a broad audience so price must be a concern.
We want the Airdrum to be as versatile as can be. It must be possible to choose (custom) sounds and lights to play.
With a modular design in mind everybody can built the amount of panels they need / want.
With the minimum at 2 panels; Rpi motherboard and a batterypack panel.
Plans for further improvement
With accessibility, affordability, adjustability and modularity in mind, we want to implement the following ideas for the next build logs:
- Create a working prototype
- Connecting the prototype with a smartphone or tablet
- Designing an app
- Built in synthesizer
- MIDI possibilities
High-level overview of The Airdrum V3.0
We went full circle in the coming version.
As to be seen in the picture below, user need a minimum of 2 panels and 2 speaker modules to get a full functionable and portable Airdrum. (more details will be given in the logs)
All panels include a Buck converter. This is done so the current through the connectors can be drawn to a minimum.
The connectors will be magnetic so the panels can snap on and off for ease in use and maximum modularity.
- the Master module panel is equiped with an internal Rpi3 with IO accessible for connectivity and upgrades
- the Battery panel includes a 4S 16.8V 3300mAh 18650 batterypack
- left and right speakers will be modular. Users can choose how many panels they want in between the speakers or if they want speakers at all.
With this version we are taking music to a next level!
Want to go full circle? Imagine making music standing in the middle of this light and sound organ!