Ototo turns everyday objects into musical instruments | GizMag.com | All Kinds of Music | Scoop.it

London-based creative design and invention studio Dentaku has developed a small device that allows users to create their own musical instruments out of everyday items. The Ototo is a simple printed circuit board (PCB) synthesizer that combines sensors, inputs and touchpads as a means of producing sounds. The device can be used as a keyboard straight out of the box or can be attached to conductive materials using crocodile clips to create entirely new instruments.


The sounds produced by the Ototo can be manipulated by connecting electronic modules to its sensors. By way of example, Dentaku suggests that it can be used to create a "light theremin" that uses a light sensor to control the pitch of the sound. Other suggestions include making an electric drum kit out of saucepans or origami that “sings when touched.”


Powered by two AA batteries or via micro USB, the Otato is compatible with the Arduino platform so can also be married up to other components to make more ambitious musical creations. As well as an on-board speaker, it has a 3.5 mm audio output, so it can be easily connected to other audio output devices. The studio says that no coding or soldering expertize is required to create a custom instrument and it is currently working to make the device "available for everyone" with a commercial release in the near future.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc