As passionate musicians, we often find ourself playing the air guitar to tunes of songs, banging on invisible drums and ripping amazing piano solos on a nonexistent piano. We decided to make virtual versions of all the above instruments that would be easily portable (they weigh almost nothing) and easy for even non-musicians to use.
What it does
The sensors track your hand movements, the same as it would be for an actual instrument, and then translates those motions into the appropriate chords and notes, enabling you to play air guitar, yet with very real sounds.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
We often found the equipment set-up rather cumbersome as it was the first time we attempted to make such instruments; the team member who specialised in electronics fell ill and was unable to attend. We also had to record, re-record, edit and re-edit the sounds from an electric guitar and keyboard to fit the parameters of the sensors. At the end of all of it, we realised that none of the sensors functioned on Windows systems.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We actually succeeded in producing a working virtual band.
What we learned
Windows isn't as open-sourced as we once believed.
What's next for 15 - Virtual Rockstarzz
Refine the prototype if possible and attempt to make all components wireless to improve portability.