Fidget Spinner Gets Useful As MIDI Controller

Fidget spinners are not only a fad, but pretty much useless. Sounds like a job for hacking to make the toys have some actual purpose. [D777k] took up the challenge and created a MIDI controller from a common spinner. You can see a video of the results, below.

The device uses a LightBlue Bean controller and Garage Band as the MIDI software. Granted, it might not be super useful, but it is better than just a plain old spinner. [D777k] calls it a “whirling dervish of sound making!

The Arduino code that drives the thing is very simple. It reads three axes of acceleration and uses that to drive the MIDI software. When the acceleration exceeds a threshold, the software creates a new note based on the sums and differences of the accelerations.

The Lightblue Bean isn’t anything new, but it is well suited for this kind of service. Certainly, making a toy into a MIDI controller isn’t an original idea, either. But it sure is fun.

7 thoughts on “Fidget Spinner Gets Useful As MIDI Controller

  1. “Fidget spinners are not only a fad, but pretty much useless” no that’s not really constructive writing, you could say that for lot’s of other toys to. Although I do understand what you mean, my son seems to be happy with it and he plays with it just like other people play with their pen. And to be honest, it makes less annoying noises then the clicking of a ballpoint pen on-off-on…off-on-off.. on… off (i have a colleague who does that, could be very annoying). Perhaps I should give him a spinner someday…

    Regarding this project… hmmm… could this also be used in combination with a ballpointpen?

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