Today we got an exciting project that we want to share with you. A group of students at the Cornell University have developed a virtual piano system that allows the user to play piano on the screen, I know you are thinking that there is nothing special here but what if I tell you that this virtual piano can be played on a simple screen and not on a touch screen!
This is what makes this project so special, users can play virtual piano keyboard on the screen even though it’s not a touch screen:
By hooking up a camera above a monitor, with very simple calibration steps, your monitor is turned into a touch screen! Then, by hitting the virtual piano keys displayed on the screen, you will get the sound as playing a real piano.
The design idea is taken from the “Synthesia Piano Hero” game and it provides two game modes, one is practice mode, in which users could play whatever they want and improve their piano skills, the other mode is play mode, in which users would play songs following graphical instructions displayed on the screen.
Our design is an entertainment tool which could be used by anyone who is interested in music playing but don’t have a piano keyboard. Our design could help users to turn their monitor into a touch screen and play interactively.
Please visit the project home page here For an in-depth look at the hardware design and more.