A wise man once said “If all you’ve got is a cute desktop compressor and some solenoid valves, everything looks like a robotic harmonica.” Or maybe we’re paraphrasing. Regardless, [Fabien-Chouteau] built a pneumatic, automatic harmonica music machine.
It’s actually an offshoot of his other project, a high-speed candy sorting machine. There, he’s trying to outdo the more common color-sensor-and-servo style contraptions by using computer vision for the color detection and a number of compressed-air jets to blow the candy off of a conveyor belt into the proper bins.
But before that gets rolling, a test of the computer-controlled pneumatic setup is in order. And that’s where the harmonica entered the picture. The “build” is really just him putting the tubes from the candy sorter into a harmonica. There’s an ARM processor spinning its high-powered wheels, and some MOSFET drivers to open and close the valves. But that’s it. Watch it play a “tune” in the video below.
We love wacky instruments, robot anythings, and serendipitous spin-offs. What’s the coolest project that you’ve made that wasn’t the main project, but just a step along the way? Did you plan it in advance or did it just happen? Did you have the guts to post it like [Fabien]? Can we encourage you?