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I first wrote about Denver puzzlemaker Kagen Schaefer’s gorgeous purpleheart butcherblock benchtop two years ago, and now Kagen’s knocked me out again with this nigh-unbelievable desk. It features eight working wooden organ pipes that play notes when when you push in the various drawers, and a pneumatic computer that can recognize a particular melody and open a secret compartment in response. On top of that, the pneumatic lock can be reprogrammed to recognize other melodies, and the whole enchilada is made entirely of wood. Holy smokes. [via adafruit]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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  1. We need a video of it in action.

  2. I hope this is the tune required:

  3. video or it doesn’t do anything

  4. Anonymous on said:

    Even without video, it’s still freaking amazing.  I believe.

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