Modified recorder

Project  / Project number: 2004  /  Status:


The challenge

A little girl wanted to learn to play the recorder along with the rest of her class. She dearly wanted to take part, but was unable to as, sadly, she has some fingers missing from each hand.

The panel’s engineers and occupational therapists put their heads together and came up with the idea of an electronic recorder. The instrument consists of two columns of buttons (6 on the front and 6 on the back). The electrical signals from the buttons are fed to a tiny computer. This translates the fingered notes into a signal which can be passed to the musical keyboard.

She can now play along with the rest of her schoolmates.

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