Another, more complicated, kit that makes the list is the Drawdio. It’s not going to be the kit we would use for teaching hundreds of people in a workshop, but again, with just a few students, or even one, this makes a great choice. It’s fun, easy to put together, and the end result is entertaining. We have even hacked a few kits to make other interesting musical
instruments. You can see a video of ‘Drawdio meets Unruly’ on the Drawdio kit website.
But what is Drawdio? Drawdio is an electronic pencil that lets you create music as you draw! It’s a basic music synthesizer that leverages the conductive properties of the pencil lead and can generate musical tones based on its resistance. It’s a lot of fun to draw a piano and be able to play the notes, once you complete the circuit. It runs off a single AA battery, so no need to source a strange cell size. And if you already know how to solder, go ahead and grab this kit anyway. It’s that fun!
HackSpace rated the Drawdio kit 9/10 saying “Fun to Build, fun to draw!”!
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