Quantum Garden

Robin Baumgarten created the Quantum Garden, a beautiful interactive art installation that visualizes the STIRAP (stimulated Raman adiabatic passage) quantum process.

The piece uses 228 neopixel rings with 16 LEDs each.  Inside each ring is a springy door stopper that when touched generate fractal-like effects.  It uses 3 Teensy 3.2 boards and a PC running a Python script to simulate the quantum problem.

The Quantum Garden is connected to the Quantum Black Box, a sophisticated software device developed by quantum physicists.  When people touch the springs they aren’t just making pretty light patterns happen, they are generating inputs that will be processed by the Quantum Black Box and used to help solve an important scientific research problem.

Additional information on the project can be found on the Quantum Garden web site.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Turku Schools of Science and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University, and sponsored by the Centre for Quantum Engineering.

Laptop Keyboard Converter

Frank Adams came up with a “nearly universal” USB controller to allow users to breathe life back into the keyboards from old lap tops.

Frank saw a lot of forum posts from people asking how to revive a keyboard from an old, broken laptop.  Many of the answers were to the tune of “it can’t be done” or “it’s too hard”, so he set out to come up with a solution.  The final result is clever controller board that works with almost all keyboards.  One side of the board uses a Teensy-LC for FPC cables with up to 26 pins.  The other side uses a Teensy-32 for FPC cables with up to 34 pins.

Check out this Instructibles page for detailed information on how to build this yourself.

Code for the project is available in this GitHub repository.

 

Bixel – 16×16 Interactive LED Panel

Adam Haile and Dan Ternes of Maniacal labs created Bixel, an incredible interactive LED panel.

This incredible 16×16 display features SK9822 LEDs, each with a pushbutton, and 595 shift registers soldered to a massive 500x500mm PCB.  A Teensy 3.6 scans the buttons and sends the data to a Raspberry Pi 3 that drives the LEDs over a USB serial connection.

There is a great write up the project on the Maciacal Labs web site.

Design files and code are available on GitHub.

PolyMod – Polyphonic Digital Modular Synth

Matt Bradshaw designed and built PolyMod, a very cool, open source, polyphonic, modular digital synthesizer.

The PolyMod can operate in polyphonic (poly) mode making each module able to play multiple sounds, generating chords and harmonies.

This synth is entirely digital using a Teensy 3.6 with a Teensy Audio Shield to replicate traditional analog functions in software.  This approach allows users to easily create polyphonic patches, something that can be more challenging in analog systems.  This project also has the advantage of being a fairly low cost way to get into modular synthesis.

When the synth is powered up, the Teensy scans each of the module sockets and for each one detected, creates a virtual equivalent in software.  When a key on the keyboard is pressed, the Teensy coverts the data to a control voltage (CV) signal, which can be connected to any of the modules to generate sound.

Current modules include an oscillator, filter, envelope, low frequency oscillator (LFO), amplifier, and noise generator.

More details on the PolyMod can be found on the HackaDay project page.

Code can be found in this GitHub repository.

Teensy Beats Shield

Chris Miller made the Teensy Beats Shield, an open source, hand held, highly portable, step sequencer.

The inspiration for the project came from Chris’s desire to fill a void in open source handheld musical instruments after finding that most portable audio sequencers are expensive and completely closed sourced.  Someone recommended using Teensy with its digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities – and the Teensy Beats Shield was born.This handheld synth uses a Teensy 3.6 and the SGTL5000 audio codec chip and features a 2.4″ TFT display.  It

Detailed information on the project including information on how to build your own can be found on this HackaDay project page.

Code for the project is available in the teensy-beats GitHub respository.

The bare PCB for the project is available on Tindie.

 

Sony PCG-K25 Laptop Keyboard Controller

Frank Adams converted a Sony Vaio PCG-K25 laptop into a Raspberry Pi computer using a Teensy ++ for the keyboard controller.

In this project Frank uses a Teensy ++ to handle the VAIO keyboard, buttons, and LED I/O.  It also replaced the control pad for the M.NT68676 video card.  The Teensy also monitors the battery voltage and returns the result over the I2C bus.

The Teensy is mounted to a circiut board that Frank designed to bring out the pins.  24 of the Teensy digital I/O pins routed to the FPC connector pads and the remaining I/O pins are routed to through hole pads for connecting other devices – touch pad, video card, LEDs, and the Raspberry Pi.

This video shows the Pi-Teensy laptop in action

The code for the project, as well as a great detailed write up on the project is available in this Github repository.

Open Panzer Sound for RC Models

LukeZ developed a great board to add sound to RC models – The Open Panzer Sound Card.

Luke is a model tank enthusiast and wanted to come up with an inexpensive, open source, high quality sound source project for RC models.  After going through the audio tutorial workshop he got started on the project.

The project uses a Teensy 3.2 plugged in to a carrier board.  The Teensy does the processing the carrier board provides an amplifier, low-dropout regulator (LDO), SD card socket, and connections for a speaker, volume and other things needed for RC models.  There are 5 RC inputs on the board that allow for control of the engine and some other auxiliary sounds.Luke detailed much of the development process on the Open Panzer forum.

The project is well documented with code, schematics, and bill of materials available on the OP-Sound Github page.  The PCB for the carrier board is available at OSH Park.