SIK Keyboard Instrument

Contributors: Shawn Hymel
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The SparkFun Inventor's Kit (SIK) is a great starting place for learning about electronics, programming, and physical computing. We can combine some of the concepts found in the SIK Guide to make our own projects. In this tutorial, we will make a keyboard using parts found in the SIK.

SIK Piano Keyboard

We can use the Arduino to read the location of a touch on the soft potentiometer strip ("soft pot") and use that information to play a particular note from the buzzer. While it may be small, we can divide the soft pot into 8 segments. That's enough for a scale! In this case, we'll use the C major scale.

Required Materials

From the SIK, you will need:

In addition, you will need a few tools:

  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Hobby knife
  • Ruler
  • Pen or Sharpie
  • Cardboard (a small box is preferable)

Other required tools

Suggested Reading

Before continuing with this project, we suggest you be familiar with a few concepts: