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Sound - Kingston hackSpace

Kingston hackSpace

By Seb Price

“it would be a mistake to assume that music is without

its spatial connotations or that visual design, especially

ornament, can flourish without incorporating the affective

drive of rhythm”

Kent Bloomer

  songs happen over time, or do they? can you create an image from sound


A traditionally hand-crafted rug combined with Arduino code.

By Alice Dowdall

Programmed to scratch like a record, but with your feet instead.

The record rug uses multiple pressure sensors that measure when someone places the weight of their foot on them. An mp3 shield was used to play sound files through headphone speakers nearby. The pressure sensors were designed to work in concert. The pressure sensors trigger the sound file only when multiple adjacent pressure sensors are pressed within a certain time limit from each other. A sweeping motion on the rug creates the sound, just like a record scratch.

By Georgia Dunmore and Emily Watson

Various connections are made using areas of conductive ink connected to a touch board kit using copper wires. People sitting in the chair can interact with the keys by touching them. Charge sensing triggers the touch board to play a certain sound when a particular sound is played. Copper wire was found to be the best form of connecting material. It doesn’t require soldering and it tends to create a reliable connection.

The Smart Uke is an interactive ukulele providing an easy to learn experience for its players. Using an Arduino circuit with LEDs, Bluetooth and a mobile app, the player triggers the ukulele thorough voice activation. This was a project to bring traditional and modern technology together, thus creating a product which develops an existing product.

Project Designed by the Hannah Patrice Ledwith, Graduate Diploma Creative Practice.



By Kamila Szewczuk 

Finding out how frequent and dangerous are e-cigarettes explosions we decided to design a device that will help to minimalise potential burns and injuries caused by these incidents. As a final product, we came up with an e-cigarette pocket with a temperature sensor and a buzzer. Temperature higher than 70 degrees triggers the sensor which activates the buzzer and therefore warns us about incoming explosion.

The project used a temperature sensor that was attached to the Arduino lily pad by conductive thread. The Arduino was programmed to set off a buzzer at a certain frequency. The program was imported onto the lily pad board using a USB serial connector. The conductive thread caused problems as it wasn’t creating clear connections between the different components. The wire needs to be carefully insulated to work properly.

facebook phone on table

By Rukia Sultana

To remove Facebook as a digital reading experience, What’s On Your Mind (2016) presents the audience with an intimate and interactive audio environment. Participants can dial specific numbers on the analogue telephone to listen to conversations impersonating nine different Facebook characters. Each character is assigned with a unique telephone number that can be accessed by selecting a telephone advert inside the accompanied newspaper.