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Ink that’s electrically charged lets kids play music with their drawings

Kit teaches children about music in an interactive and technological way

Technology. Creativity. Music. While those three words might perfectly encompass our brand of ultraportable Bluetooth speakers, they can also be tagged to MusicInk, an awesome new educational toy that teaches kids about music using art and technology.

Basically, MusicInk is a paint-it-yourself musical instrument kit. It includes with it stencils and a bottle of Bare Conductive paint, an electrically conductive ink that turns any surface into a simple-to-use electric circuit.

So, the way it works is kids use the paint to draw out musical instruments on paper. The paper is then hooked up to a Sparkfun MPR121 touch sensor and connected to an Arduino Duemilanove board so that the different musical notes being played can be deciphered.

Everything is encapsulated in a wooden box, which can accommodate up to twelve individual electrodes at a time. Depending on the number of electrodes for the instrument, MusicInk can play multiple devices at a time.

A good for instance: say a piano has six keys. Well, it would require 6 different electrodes. A trumpet, on the other hand, would need just one electrode.

All of the notes the children hear were professionally recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Check out the demonstration below (if you want to skip the part where the kids are being introduced to the Kit, go to about the two-minute mark to see everything in action).

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