H2Do Rae Mi

A piano in which strings and hammers are replaced with wires and water

Building on the familiarity of a traditional piano, the water-piano is composed of a series of keys yet outputs a digital tone trigger by a switch using salinated water. Each key is composed of two parts: the cup of water and a cardboard paddle. By pressing down on the paddle, the cup and salinated water contained within tilts and closes the gap between two offset wires.

Coursework, 2016

Role: fabrication, prototyping, user testing, programming

Designed and fabricated with Sean Kim

Physical prototyping focused on the mechanism of pressing the key: finding the right fulcrum point and how the fulcrum interfaced with the key itself.

Vertical Supports

Dowel Hinge

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