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Tom writes in…

I connected the tape counter from an old Pioneer cassette deck to an Arduino. I’d love it if one of your readers could think of something to do with it!


  • docpop.myopenid.com

    assuming the speed is variable, you could create music by playing a tape with one long note on it and using arduino to vary the pitch.
    This could all be sequenced, but it would be great to see it all connected to a a keyboard with each note triggering the correct note. Sort of like the modern melotron.

  • joel.simpson.myopenid.com

    Hit counters for social sites
    Calendar/clock (requiring multiple counters)
    Stop watch / timer
    Computer statistics (processor load, disk IO, memory)
    Unread email count

  • Elizabeth

    You could connect it to an infrared sensor and have a motion detector which kept count of the times it was triggered. (How often do people approach an artwork? a window with a view? a bulletin board full of office announcements? How many times does the cat visit her water bowl? her litter box? her favorite napping spot?)

    You could connect it to a sound sensor and log how many times the noise level in the office exceeded a certain threshold.

    You could connect it to a light sensor, put the device in the refrigerator, and find out how many times the refrigerator door is opened during the day. (Might work as a consciousness-raising diet aid.)

  • Jan

    count visitor to your website. but it would need a servo to reset them next morning.

  • Timm Tayshun

    Guitar pickup winder counter.

  • Adrian Lodge

    Once made a clock using a click counter, like those bouncers use… only problem is, at midnight (2359) the arduino had to click it back to 0000.

  • Anonymous

    Nice counter for something steampunkish.

  • Phil

    I believe this is what androids use for counting electric sheep.

  • Anonymous

    every time someone comes up with a witty use for it counter?

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