Playano : Konceptutvecklingsprojekt av en trådlös och energialstrande klaviatur
This report contains a product and concept development project carried out by André Hedh as a Bachelor Thesis at Karlstad University’s faculty of Health, Nature and Engineering Science in the Innovation and Design Engineering Programme.
The project was carried out for design agency People People with Per Brickstad as task manager.
Prior to this project, People People had, through its subsidiary - People Products, developed The Transparent Speaker. Their wish was to develop more products for music lovers and musicians.
The product developed in this project was a keyboard, which was one of three products in a family that aimed to make it easier, more fun and more social to learn and play the piano.
The keyboard was designed to maintain the genuine feeling of a classic acoustic piano, but with modern technology for wireless communication.
The work dealt with studies and investigations in what distinguish the feel of the grand piano action, plus creativity and engineering methods to simulate this feel.
The project also aimed to incorporate an Energy-Harvesting system into the piano’s mechanism, to eliminate external power supply.
The kinetic energy from the keystroke was converted to electricity and used to set up a wireless connection over Bluetooth Low Energy with an external application that could translate MIDI data into sound.
A proof-of-concept was developed through a full-scale prototype of the key mechanism, containing a conceptual solution for the mechanism including all electronics and key features of the final product’s design.
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