The soundtrack of your life
I’ve had this idea for quite some time, and I feel like I’d be able to realize it (at least the first iteration of it) through my final P-comp assignment.
It has been considered time and time again: what would the soundtrack of your life sound like? Imagine if it played as you lived your daily life? I’d like to at least explore that idea with my project.
Beatwalker will utilize the essence of a step counter (likely an accelerometer), to calculate your approximate beats per minute, and supply dynamic music to animate your life. As your walking pace increases, the tempo increases. If you stop, the music tone will change. The best-case scenario would be incorporating an EEG sensor to monitor your brain activity, and incorporating music that would either enforce or resist your mood.
To make this possible I will have the Arduino interact with GinSing, a sound and speech synthesizer. The Ginsing will provide the music – melody, samples, etc, and the Arduino will act as a midi controller to dictate tempo changes and if different elements of the songs will be needed. The user listens on headphones they move around, and their personal soundtrack plays out. Of course, a recording mechanism would be ideal, so they could share what their walk to school/run across Manhattan/stressed experience at Trader Joe’s sounded like.
My first order of business will be to get a GinSing device shipped to me, and mess around with an Accelerometer (just came in the mail!), to see if that’s the best sensor to use. Then, I need to make the GinSing and the Arduino talk to one another, and start supplying music to the Arduino based on variable data (namely the BPM). Hopefully this will all fit perfectly within an enclosure that can fit in someone’s pocket, and that a user can have a new and fascinating experience as they make their own music while doing everyday things.