When we launched Make: Projects, our how-to wiki, a year and a half ago, we wanted to free all the great projects from the over 25 volumes of MAKE by offering them up on the site. That way, folks could check them out even if they didn’t have the issues of MAKE the projects came from, and our community could even suggest improvements to the projects and pose questions to the authors. The task at hand, though, was to enter the text and images into the system. Our rock star editorial intern, Craig Couden, stepped to the plate in style and to date has entered 114 MAKE projects. (Thanks Craig!) He recently posted a how-to called “Enter a Project on Make: Projects” to help walk folks through the process. How meta! If you’ve been waiting to share your project with the 10K MAKE community members on Make: Projects, wait no more. We want to see what you make!
This week we saw: The BeatBox by programmr, Arduino Survival Tin by Mortitd, Painting a One-Off QR Code on a Large Surface by Eric Hansen, Cheap Soldering Fan by William Anderson, Laser Harp (Frameless – Open Source) by Ruete, and Case for iPhone Lens Kit by Brad Kozak.
While New York City is known for its financial and advertising sectors, for the boogie-woogie lights of Broadway and Times Square, and even its “Silicon Alley” start-ups, showrooms for just about every major technology company, and now, its Maker Faire, there’s another, older and often unseen side to the city of five boroughs. Prospect Productions recently interviewed Kennon Kay, Director of Agriculture at the 47-acre Queens County Farm Museum. It is described as “New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland and the only working historical farm in the City,” having been in operation since 1697. While the museum and farm are quite far away from the iconic architectures of the city and its bustling public transportation network that 17.7 million commuters use daily, it’s nonetheless amazing to consider what’s possible in this town — I often find myself mumbling, “Only here.”
Kennon Kay is a normal twenty-something New Yorker. She lives on a normal Brooklyn street in a normal walk-up apartment. Her commute to work is long, crowded, unpredictable and filled with traffic. All quite normal. But normal ends when Kennon enters the gates to her job. There, inside those gates, the wail of noise, of sirens, horns, jackhammers and trains are replaced by the high-pitched chirp of chickens, the grunting of pigs, and the sway of the breeze through the acres of green that make up the Queens County Farm Museum. Here Kennon Kay is Director of Agriculture; the farm’s 47 acres, her office.
Always one for minutia, I love this directional signage technique that allows the arrows to be turned and pointed in a specific position:
[via Huffington Post]
I got your heat rate monitor and I’m planning to use it in a part of my live show where I bring an audience member up on stage and use their heartbeat as the kick drum that we then play along to for a song.
I’m not at all familiar with Arduino or Processing code. I need the simplest way to get the signal to an iPad or iPhone sampler so the heartbeat can be the trigger. Something to convert the signal to midi i think. Do you or do you know anyone who might be able to help me build this?
Using a pulse sensor (now available in the Maker Shed) to translate into a drum beat is certainly possible. The pulse sensor can be plugged into the Arduino and then translated as MIDI data through the Arduino’s serial port. Check out this Arduino Playground page to learn more details. You can also take a look at this tutorial to familiarize yourself with the process. Once you’ve done this, the serial data can be used as an input for lots of different audio programs that accept MIDI.
If wiring directly to the pins of a MIDI plug is a problem, I suggest picking up a MIDI shield from Sparkfun, which has all the necessary hardware to do the job in a more plug-and-play fashion while connecting directly to the pins on your Arduino.
I hope this helps you get started. If readers have additional suggestions, please post them in the comments section.