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33° & PARTLY CLOUDY ON FRIDAY 19 DECEMBER IN BRISBANE

An Umbrella That Makes 8-Bit Sounds in the Rain

Ever wondered what the rain sounds like in an 8-bit form?

We all know how boring wet weather is. Now, two women have developed a way to cure that boredom with an umbrella that makes 8-bit sounds when it is hit by rain.

Alice Zappe and Julia Läger used 12 sensors, 2 speakers and an Arduino minicontroller to enable their umbrella to create sounds. The intensity of the rain changes the sound, surely making for an interesting compilation in a torrential downpour.

Although the umbrella doesn’t produce actual songs it could easily be modified to play pre-recorded tunes. It’s a bit of fun while you are walking in the rain and will most definitely put some smiles on otherwise glum faces in the rainy street.

Published on June 04 , 2012 by

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