Meet Ardu McDuino: The Bagpipe-Playing Robot

Popular Instructables maker XenonJohn built a bagpipe-playing robot called Ardu McDuino that uses an Arduino Mega 2560 board and a pair of 3D-printed prosthetic hands to autonomously play a bagpipe’s chanter.


Bagpipes have an unmistakable sound. Even if the bagpiper is a robot.

Popular Instructables maker XenonJohn has built a bagpipe-playing robot called Ardu McDuino that uses an Arduino Mega 2560 board and a pair of 3D-printed prosthetic hands to autonomously play a bagpipe’s chanter.

The 3D-printed hands have individual solenoids that allow each finger to cover and uncover the holes on a real bagpipe to produce the notes you hear in the video above. The bagpipe-playing robot has been programmed to play entire songs.

The main limitation of the robot is that it requires a human to blow into the instrument. That’s certainly not ideal if you want to listen to the sweet sounds of Scotland 24/7/365, but XenonJohn says he’s working on a new version that includes an air pump to automatically blow air into the bagpipes.

If you want to build your own bagpipe-playing robot, check out XenonJohn’s instructions on how to do so.

[Source:] Arduino Blog



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