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10 interesting projects using Arduino boards

06 Aug 2015  | Cabe Atwell

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Drum machines have been around as early as 1930 with the invention of the Rhythmicon—developed by the same person who brought us the super-strange Theremin instrument (Leon Theremin). The 70's introduced the first digital machines and the 90's gave us software-based machines for our percussive needs. This being the 21st century, robots are starting to enter into the drum scene with notable players such as Frank Barnes' Stickboy and Louis McCallum's MORTIMER. With that in mind, Instructables user randofo decided to build his own to play along with using his guitar. His Robotic Drum uses a real set that are outfitted with 12 car door actuator motors and Arduino motor shields to actuate 12 drum sticks. An Arduino Uno acts as the brains and is connected to a laptop that's used to program the drums for any number of songs. Not bad for a DIY kit.

Robotic Drum

Randofo's Arduino-controlled Robotic Drum replaces digital drum machines with a sweet robotic analogue feel. (Source:

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