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Record Rug

Kingston hackSpace

\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.