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How to make a Piano stair?
« on: November 03, 2013, 06:56:00 PM »
Hi,

I'm pretty new with MakeyMakey and I have some questions about making piano stairs.
How to make a pad/stair what closes the circuit when somebody steps on it, and opens
the circuit when nobody isn't stepping on it? People can't take off shoes....
Sorry for my bad english ;)

« Last Edit: November 04, 2013, 06:13:57 PM by James B »

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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2013, 12:28:03 AM »
Hi, Charger! Welcome to the forums. I hope you have lots of fun with your MM! Congrats!

I think you expressed yourself well. What is your native language?

I have seen the popular project that makes musical stairs through people's hands and feet. That's a great project, but it sounds like you need a modification.

There are multiple ways to do the project without having people remove their shoes.

What materials do you have?

What kind of ideas have you had about a solution?

I am excited and confident about a solution. I think we can find a way to do it.
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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2013, 02:27:35 PM »
Thank you :)
My native language is estonia. ;)
But, here's one idea what i thought:

(My paint skills are pretty good)
I think I can make it happen with some plywood, some kind of squishy foam and aluminium foil.

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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2013, 06:10:02 PM »
Whoa! A hinged pressure sensor! That's pretty unique!!

I think it's worth trying out, it looks fun. What do you think?

I do not speak Estonian. I have seen beautiful pictures of Estonia, though!

How would you say "hello, nice to meet you" in Estonian?
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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2013, 10:12:08 AM »
Hi,
since yesterday I'm thinking about your project, and by chance my daughter sent me today this link that maybe can help you:
                 http://www.instructables.com/id/Conductive-Rubber-Make-Touch-Sensitive-Robot-Skin/

Interesting?
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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2013, 01:51:39 PM »
How would you say "hello, nice to meet you" in Estonian?

"Tere, meeldiv tutvuda"
I think that it's pretty good idea and I think it's going to work.

Hi,
since yesterday I'm thinking about your project, and by chance my daughter sent me today this link that maybe can help you:
                 http://www.instructables.com/id/Conductive-Rubber-Make-Touch-Sensitive-Robot-Skin/

Interesting?


This is pretty interesting, but I can't understand why is there 3 layers of conductive rubber, and how two rubber pads make a connection when there is evenly spaced spacers between them? And what is the process of making conductive rubber, just rubbing corn starch over it ?
Thank you for your suggestion

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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2013, 04:22:35 PM »
This is pretty good idea, but it isn't very esthetic.... Or is it?
Thank you for helping me find some ideas  ;)

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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2013, 04:40:44 PM »
Sorry, I erased my reply.
I wanted to show you the basic idea. I've written rubber, which is not very esthetic, as you say, but it is possible to use other elastic materials, like knitted fabric, which on the other hand can get dirty very soon.

Other option is a thin piece of wood (4 - 6 millimeter), that can be very elastic; perhaps it doesn't break if it is long enough and the frame is not very high (ca. 1 or 1.5 cm). People should step in the middle in this case.


I'm sure you'll come up with a brilliant idea!
Greetings from the Canary Islands.
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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2013, 05:16:27 PM »
I'ts very good idea, but I have to make this stair at my school, and my problems with this
is that maybe that wood piece in the center is going to brake, or people just are afraid to
step on it..(Because it's going to pretty thin and not as wide as stair) I think I have to try those 2 ideas out for myself and see, what is the best one.
That conductive rubber idea is too complicated for me, I think.

Canary Island(s) is very pretty place, I have been there :)

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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2013, 07:09:01 PM »
 :) :)

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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2013, 07:32:27 PM »
:) :)

jesuxp,

I really enjoyed the links and ideas you shared, too. I think it would be cool to create a list of different types of techniques for making MaKey do things upon being stepped on.

Here's a messy version from me that probably wouldn't do well at school:



Chances are high my camera made it impossible to see anything on my sketch other than stickers, but here's my idea:

1. Secure a row of water balloons onto the stair with a board and rope.

2. Tape two frayed wires to the stair surface under the balloons and wire them to MK.

3. Look out! Hopefully, when someone steps on the board, the balloons will break and drown the wires in water as well as anyone standing nearby. Only works once before needing a reset :0

EDIT: Water balloons can be jiggly and unstable. Don't try this on the unsuspecting or it may result in broken ankles or worse. Be safe even for those who know what's going on, too. And finally, if someone steps on this project, do you think the balloons will break like I suggest? Why or why not?
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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2013, 07:24:49 PM »
I have to make this stair at my school

How is your project going, Charger? Did you try a hinged pressure sensor like in your picture?
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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2015, 05:18:00 AM »
Our company is building piano stairs in all over the world. Please see our website http://www.thePianoStairs.com for our piano stairs. You should use industrial sensors. Otherwise, your piano stairs will not be durable. Good luck.

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Re: How to make a Piano stair?
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2016, 09:42:25 PM »
Hi,

I'm pretty new with MakeyMakey and I have some phenq questions about making piano stairs.
How to make a pad/stair what closes the circuit when somebody steps on it, and opens
the circuit when nobody isn't stepping on it? People can't take off shoes....
Sorry for my bad english ;)


Hey Charger,

How's the project going? I am working on something very similar as well. We could pick each others brains if you like, drop me a message.

Cheers,

Nate
« Last Edit: August 17, 2016, 01:40:10 AM by nate73 »