I joined the Srishti Toy Lab last semester, which involved (with a general emphasis on fun) designing a toy/play activity for children. I decided early on that i wanted to work with sound, and creating play patterns for children which allowed them to explore the medium.

So here the result of a few months of exploration iterating: the HydroHummers (tentative name).

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Each toy has a synthesizer based on the auduino, and a piezo disc wired as a contact mic. The person playing with it can choose between these two modes, of creating their own sounds and expression with an instrument, or using the contact mic to “listen” to the world around them.

Here’s a shaky video of one of them in action(will fix that soon, hopefully):


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