The Wearamin

The Wearamin is a wearable digital instrument, a wearable theremin, which converts distance to musical tones using two infrared sensors and an Arduino running the Mozzi sound synthesis library. The prototype also includes an interactive light sculpture that reacts dynamically to the decibel level of the musical output. The instrument output is running through a looping pedal to allow for multi-layered composition on the fly.

 

Background

For a class in physical computing, Sam Carmichael and I wanted to create a new experience for both DJs and audience members. Our solution, The Wearamin, reacts to movement and proximity and outputs sound and light. Using infrared sensors to detect distance and and a microphone to detect sound levels we were able to program an arduino to control the color and brightness of light produced by a strip of LEDs.

Role

I completed this project with one teammate, Sam Carmichael. As a team of two, we shared the majority of the work. We researched the idea and came up with the concept together, but split up areas of the physical and digital development. I handled the physical build out of the project and built the base of the code that could handle interaction between the audio/proximity input and the audio/visual output. As Sam possesses a stronger musical background, he developed the code that would directly correspond each input reading to the correct output.

 

Process

We researched how DJs and performers have used digital displays and techniques to engage audiences. Through this research we decided to create not only a spectacle, but an instrument that directly reflects the DJ's actions, adding another level to their performance, and enabling the audience to connect further. 

 

We sketched out how The Wearamin would look, how it would work, and how a performer and the audience would interact with it.

We used digital and physical fabrication tools to plan and build the instrument

 

Construction

We then used digital fabrication as well as traditional shop tools to create the physical display that would house the hardware and react to the LEDs.

Testing

 

Presentation