Sebastian Tomczak has documented an interesting project, where a pressure-sensitive floor has been digitised to allow creation of various sound effects with an Arduino and the original wiring system. The pressure-sensitive floor consists of several wooden triangular structures that each contain a pressure sensor whose resistance was proportional to the pressure. The system is quite retro, yet can be digitised easily as the Arduino simply measures the signal between 5V, the sensor and an analogue input - whose values are sent to a PC via serial and interpreted by MAX/MSP, and thus sounds.
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