Virtual Tabla powered by Intel Galileo


This how-to demonstrates the basic wiring of creating a virtual tabla that will produce sound whenever you hover your hand above the surface of the Tabla. This project will illustrate how to create a Tabla based Galileo powered project, but can be replicated for a drum or drum set as well.
 

I. HARDWARE

 
This project involves use of Intel Galileo Gen 1, although the Gen 2 has been tested and can be used to implement this project. The MP3 shield goes on top of the board and helps in generating the sounds.

II. WIRING:

 
There are two sets of wiring involved:

  1. Connection from Sensors to Spark Fun MP3 Shield.
  2. Connection from Intel Galileo to Portable Speaker.

III. LOAD THE CODE AND MUSIC FILES:

  1. Copy the code into a separate folder named after the .ino file you’d be using.
  2. Copy the music files you want into a memory card using the Card Reader and put it into the Memory Card slot.

IV. TESTING AND FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS:

 
Upload the code into and check if the sensors are responsive and producing sound. If all goes well, you should be able to hear sounds being produced although at delayed intervals, but that is because of the Galileo’s own issue of not being as fast with respect to pin IO.

In the future, I’d be integrating this idea with Windows 10, to remove delayed response of sounds being produced.

Rishabh is an Intel Software Innovator and Software Developer at Ericsson. While not at work, he loves to review restaurants, get acquainted with new technology, and visit new places.

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