Yes! You read that right…. Don’t worry we didn’t lure you here with a clickbait. We’re actually talking about a piano that too made of fruits…… and YES, it plays as well!
Don’t look at us like that…. hang in there. We’ll explain everything!
So a few of our makers came up with an idea of making a small piano that had fruits/vegetable for keys… but, wait?!
Music? Fruits? Why would you do that?
So, first things first, before we tell you how this works, let’s see how the idea was born.
So, the story goes back to the spring of 2015. Three 3rd semester students of Information Technology University, Sharoze, Salman, and Arslan, were working on making a semester project. They were ‘originally’ making an electronic piano using an Arduino board attached with copper electrodes.
Snack break happened, and they got some snacks and fruits to eat. They were eating, while the working project rested on the same table. One of them, ‘unintentionally’ plugged a probe in an apple……
… oh C’mon, we can’t deny that we all have a friend like that…. moving on..
When another friend got hold of that apple…….. it PLAYED!
They all stood still……….. it was at that moment they were like.
They all shared a laugh of surprise and replaced each ‘copper’ probe with a fruit or vegetable, and *tadaaaa* They had a fully functional fruit piano.
Their project was highly appreciated by many people at various events as it was something….. umm let’s see…. ‘surprising’. They also presented their project at the Semester Project exhibition, and secured the first position.
‘These students have grown a lot since then; they are going places, they earn six-digit salaries now and have their own cars’
….. okay we’re just kidding about the last line…. One of them even failed the course for what we know.
But still we believe that this was an interesting idea and the science behind it is equally interesting.
Fruit pianos have existed long before this discovery, but they were made using additional shields/boards such as ‘Makey Makey’. This one was different; it didn’t require any external shield, just the Arduino and some fruits. We’ll look into the tutorial soon.
Firstly, let’s see how this works.
The principle of tech-science used in this project is the concept of ‘capacitive touch’, just like the one in your smartphones.
Surprised?! We know, right? Don’t let that fascination die. Look into the tutorial of making your own FRUIT PIANO at home, and learn exactly how it works.
Tell us more about your crazy ideas in the comments!