Spinner synth


Matt Mets made a rotation-based MIDI controller using a motor, disc, webcam, and OpenCV. Source code included.

10 thoughts on “Spinner synth

  1. Kyle McDonald says:

    …before he realizes you can rotate things in software? :)

    1. Spinner synth Becky Stern says:

      He’s working for a childrens’ museum, so how much less fun would that be?! =]

      1. Kyle McDonald says:

        I missed that part — you’re totally right! I can imagine half the fun is trying to get things where you want them, and having that not work :) Maybe magnets would be easier than tape? I’m curious to see what his final synth looks like.

        1. Matt Mets says:

          Thanks! Yeah, my actual plan for this is to make a larger wheel out of steel and use brightly colored magnets, but wood is much easier to manufacture for a prototype :-).

          1. Alberto from Nutchip Labs (http://www.nutchip.com) says:

            I was about to suggesting to get rid of magnets placing the wheel horizontally, when I suddenly realized how similar it would be to a merry-go-round.
            It should fairly easy to place te webcam on top of the carousel and change the software to detect children’s positions.
            I can’t wait to see how chldren react to the thing!

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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