Circuit fail

So I finished taping and soldering up the board to the chair, Rupa finished the fur-covering and then:

THE MICROCHIP FAILED

Bringin it to the public

Beat seat gets introduced to the public!

So we put the chair in front of us, by the benches…and people mostly ignored it.

Some snarled at it.

Unfortunately, in the public space the noises were completely dwarfed by all other sounds going on. We decided we needed to make it clearly musical and interactive. So we bought another keyboard, put it on the fuzzy bench in front and put it all in the center of the circle.

People were still afraid to interact…so we started interacting.

Then the most ADORABLE French boy interacted with it and serenaded us.
Le sigh.

Unfortunately he didn’t propose or ask us out, like a couple other participants.

I love how these strangers became performers for other strangers because of our project.

Circuit Fail

So I finished taping and soldering up the board to the chair, Rupa finished the fur-covering and then:

THE MICROCHIP FAILED

Functioning piano chair

Soldering/re-wiring the keyboard circuit

I took off one of the circuit boards, and wired up these bad boys. I’m not sure if this is the cause of the ultimate failure…I couldn’t figure out how these were supposed to be grounded. May have been a mistake to hack into them.

I bought a chair from The Container Store because we wanted one with handles (I regret now that we hot glued all over it, because I would love to return that way-too-much-money-for-a-chair purchase)

Here are the mad scientists at work (chex mix kept us goin strong):

Here’s a close up (yeah, I know it looks like a bomb)

Or a shark. rar!

And here it is with fabric switches attached (before all went to hell):

Keyboard demo