PROJECTS / NEWYEAR2015
Aeolab's 2015 New Year greeting video features a functional DIY musical calculator toy assembled by hand out of cardboard and various electronic components, triggering sound samples on a computer via USB connection. The soundtrack is a familiar melody from Pocket Calculator (1981) by Kraftwerk, as played from the 'instrument' mid-way through the video.

Electronics built into the prototype include an E-Ink alhpanumeric display and driver from SparkFun, 12-button capacitive sensor breakout board from Adafruit, Arduino Pro Mini and FTDI USB-Serial module. Software bridge written in Processing receives button presses from the calculator and converts them to MIDI signals sent to software sampler or synthesizer.