Turn a mouse pad into an Ardunio-controlled drum pad

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Turn a mouse pad into an Ardunio-controlled drum pad

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Our friend Riley Porter, of Synthetos and TinyG fame, has posted a wonderful little project on Make: Arduino and Make: Projects. It uses an old mouse pad and a piezo sensor to create a drum pad input device. He’s even coded up the beginnings of a little game in Processing that counts your beats and records your score. An he’s included a little rocketship in the Processing sketch. Hopefully, somebody will run with this and code a game that launches the ship if you reach a certain number of beats in the allotted timeframe.

Simple Arduino Drum Pad and Game

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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