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Anyone for Pi? Mods and hacks for the Raspberry Pi

This hack turns the Pi into a musical maestro on the glockenspiel.

The Pi-powered musician was created by hooking up a Raspberry Pi to a buffer board that is attached to a glockenspiel controlled by a solenoid - a coil of wire that acts as an electromagnet. The Pi controls the flow of electricity to the solenoid so the bars of the glockenspiel are struck in time to a tune.

You can see a video of the device playing a rendition of Do-Re-Mi from the musical The Sound of Music.

Screenshot: Mike Cook/Vimeo

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.