If I asked you to imagine the sound of wind, you would probably instantly think of a whooshing gust or maybe the rustle of trees in a breeze. There are many different tones to wind, and the SPEAKR! (Singing Portable Electronic Arduino Kite - Remix!) kite by Powerhouse Pirates listens to all the wind tones, and analyzes them electronically—with funky results.
To record the wind, the kite uses an Arduino Uno microcontroller, a battery, a resistor, an accelerometer, a very long piece of wire, and of course, a speaker. The wire connects the accelerometer and kite to the Arduino, battery, and speaker at the end you hold. Once you finish coding the Arduino board, the kite is ready to test.
Of course, in this case "testing" basically means you'd run down the street on a windy day, or drive around a parking lot. The sound the Arduino picks up and plays back is a bit like listening to a storm in an eight-bit world.
This project is great for a beginner, and takes less than a day to complete. The team behind SPEAKR! have a simple tutorial to help you get started.
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