Universal Air Slide Whistle 1000


In this post, we will learn how to make Universal-Air-Slide-Whistle-1000: The slide whistle is a musical instrument often used for comedic effect due to its silly sound. In this instructable, we teach you how to make an air slide whistle! What is an air slide whistle? It follows the same idea as air guitar where you mimic the movement of playing a guitar without actually playing a real guitar.

In our case, we created a device that functions similarly to the slide whistle, except a distance sensor replaces the rod and a push-button replaces the user having to blow into the whistle. The reading on the distance sensor changes the pitch of the noise and the push button activates it. The LED light is just for show. What makes our air slide whistle “universal” is that you can upload different sounds to it besides a whistling noise (i.e. Wookie noise, trombone, didgeridoo, or any other sound bit you want)! We made this project in collaboration with the Femineers of Fremont Academy for our Electronics class at Pomona College.

Steps how to make Universal Air Slide Whistle 1000

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

1. 10K Resistor

2. Sparkfun Bluetooth Mate: https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/sparkfun…

3. Hexaware Wearable Electronics Kit: http://hexwear.com/

4. Glove (fabric)

5. Hot Glue Gun

6. Laptop

7. Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGBW LED Strip: https://www.adafruit.com/product/2824?length=1&fbc…

8. Male to Male AUX Cord

9. Fabric Wrist Band

10. Momentary Push Button Switch – 12mm Square: https://www.osepp.com/accessories/components/29-mo…

11. Solder

12. Soldering Iron

13. Speaker

14. Thin Circuit Board (like the one in the link): https://www.alliedelec.com/product/vector-electron…

15. Three AAA Batteries

16. Twist Ties (recommend circular twist ties like the one in the link): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013LCUQIE/ref=sspa_dk_d…

17. Ultrasonic Range Sensor: https://www.amazon.com/HC-SR04-Ranging-Detector-Ul…

18. Wire Cutters

19. Wire Strippers

20. Wires (different colors are best, one is fine though)

Step 2: Setting Up the Arduino Code

Step 1: Download the Arduino IDE from the following site: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

2: You may have to download the following libraries. Sketch >
Include Library > Manage Library. Search for “HexWear HexLED”,
“SoftwareSerial”, and “Wire”. Click the box they’re in and click

Step 3: Download the attached Arduino code!

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