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date: 2012-08-22 12:57:30
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_This is a project that brings together a broad set of my research at MIT_
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TapClip is a specialized capactive sensor board that I'm using as a test-bed for exploring ad-hoc user-interface design, and more broadly, self-made technologies.
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It's served as a platform, both for [StoryClip](/projects/storyclip/), as well as SynthClip below, which is a self-contained musical interface, running a simple 8-bit wave generation algorithm. Each clip was associated with a specific set of tones, which it cycled through automatically. Pressing multiple clips blended their sounds together. This would be a good place to have an mp3 or something.[^mp3]
## StoryClip
![](/media/img/synthclip-2.jpg)
: If only you could hear it's 8-bit purring.
Ultimately, I packaged what I'd done with the board into a submission for **Interaction Design & Children 2013**, taking place in New York City. Happily it was accepted. You can download it for your reading pleasure below.
**Drawing the Electric: Storytelling with Conductive Ink**, Sam Jacoby & Leah Buechley, **Interaction Design and Children ’13**, June 24–27, 2013, New York City, New York, United States. [(pdf)](/media/files/sjacoby_idc2013.pdf)
TapClip, as a general concept, shares much with the [Makey Makey](http://www.makeymakey.com/). Jay & Eric worked just downstairs from me at the Media Lab, and I stole every idea I could find. The key difference is simply in the basic use-case. The Makey Makey is designed to emulate a keyboard, so works in tandem with a computer. This opens up a series of sophisticated interactions that take full-advantage of a computer's horsepower (and internet connectivity). That moves the focus of interaction from the computation itself, to the materiality of the conductive substrate. That, and technically, TapClip relied on a series of simple two-pin capacitive sensors, rather than the resistive pins in the Makey Makey.
The Eagle files are available [here](https://github.com/samjacoby/Eagle/tree/master/TapClip32u4).
I've also documented some of my process in a variety of briefer posts. Take a look.
[^mp3]: Nope.

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