Analog Synth-Glove

Over the course of this week-long class, students explored a range of different conductive materials from wool to graphite. By making their own pressure sensors, speakers, microphones and resistors students learned a lot about controlling electricity as well as how various different devices work.

At the end of the week, we worked on a one-day project to create an analog glove-synthesizer using a 555Timer and different conductive materials. By varying the resistance that flowed through the circuit in the glove, we were able to control the pitch that was produced. In addition, we also worked on a painted piano, using the same 555 chip. Users can alter the pitch by controlling the flow of electricity through the water in a paint solution.