Musically Inclined Jelly Probably Sings Better Than You Do

Playing with gelatinous goo is fun. Add some wonky sounds to the mix, and I may just be captivated for hours. And that's exactly what Noisy Jelly offers.

Although it's advertised as a game, Noisy Jelly is more of a cross between a home science kit and a musical instrument. The kit comes with agar agar powder, some dyes and a variety of moulds that you use to make a series of colorful jellies of different shapes.

The game board is a thin sheet of wood on top of metal foil that is hooked up to an Arduino board that runs what's known as #capcence lib, which allows it to function as a capacitive sensor. The game board can sense when you touch the jelly and translate your touch into a sound. The sound varies with the pressure of your touch, where you touch the jelly, the salt concentration of the jelly, and its shape.

Noisy Jelly is a creation from Marianne Cauvard and Raphael Pluvinage, students at Ensci - Les Ateliers. You can check out the jellies in action in the video below. Just watching the video makes me itch to play with the jellies!

NOISY JELLY from Raphaël Pluvinage on Vimeo.

[pluvinage.eu / Photo: rpluvina on Flickr]

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