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Make Hay While the Sun Shines, But Make Music While the Rain Falls

There are some areas of the world where you would swear you’re living in Ray Bradbury’s vision of Venus. Constant rain, almost no sunshine, and an endless variety of umbrellas to be seen. Which I would imagine pretty much has to lead you to either move to a dryer climate or get creative with your rain gear. I’d probably opt for the creativity, since moving is not always an option. Besides, if you’re going to spend the majority of your time under an umbrella, why not amuse yourself and others with it?

This concept piece is an umbrella with a number of piezo sensors attached to its underside. When raindrops impact the fabric, each one is turned into an 8-bit sound using an Arduino Uno, which is then piped out through a couple of speakers. It ain’t Mozart, but it should prove to be interesting, especially in heavier rainstorms. As is, the music created is purely random, but you could program it to play pre-recorded muscic, or even attach a recording unit in case you end up getting something truly spectacular.

As I said, this is just a concept/art piece at the moment, but it definitely has potential. At the very least, the novelty factor would probably make me pick one up if I ever saw it available for sale.

Source: Geek.com

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