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Big Progress

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Today was a really productive day for the project, and we can now clearly see the how all the parts of the amazing machine fit together. The Frame now holds all the parts we have been working on above the xylophone. Some work still need to be done to strengthen and stabilize the structure and shelves. A solenoid has now been programed to release a single ball at a time when it is trigged by the key on the organ. As we intend this product to be a performance piece we have made it quite portable, due to the structure,but also easily dissembled and assembled. We want to make the structure more of a show piece by putting a curtain on the front. Not only did we put wheels on the structure we also put them on the organ for ease of use. We still need to work on fitting and fine-tuning the mechanics so the machine functions smoothly. One thing we have noticed from testing it is that we will need to work out a way of catching the balls that seem to bounce unpredictably. It will be really exciting to get everything working smoothly, because it already looks quite interesting.

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The Plan

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The Ball Mechanism

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when we desided what our final would look like we started to build it. we desided that a wooden frame would be the best material.

Making The Keys

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We have been making keys for the Xylophone as they did not come with any. All the pieces were cut to size using an equation to ensure the keys sat on their nodes. To get perfect sounds can take years and can be costly. The keys actually sound surprisingly good considering they are made from softwood. The quality of the sound is improved greatly due to the quality of the resonator which the keys sit on.

Sketch Video

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Pyrotechnics new sketch video of their machine called the “Musical Organon”

The Plan

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We decided to try and develop a Rube Goldberg machine that could be highly interactive. We are very excited about the possibilities this holds.

We have many ideas of themes such as: Street magic, Busking and giving the machine a personality. We intend on having lots of triggers and sensors that will react to the public/users. We thought that it could be interesting if users could put coins into the balls and change the sound the machine makes. We thought of including some other way the users could interact with the product such as sensors or possibly controls that the user could use. We also thought that we could physically incorporate musical instruments into the design. We would need to think about what type of instruments we use such as wind or percussion.

It’s going to be quite challenging to ensure the product runs smoothly, but we are confident we can make it work. As far as the electronics go we will need quite a few servo motors to control the machine. These motors will need to be programed precisely to create a good sound.

Ideas Photos

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