PCBs help disabled youngsters to make music

27-03-2015 | Newbury Electronics | Design Applications

Soundbeam, designers and manufacturers of the Soundbeam, an award-winning
'touch free' device which uses sensor technology to translate body movement
into music and sound turned to Newbury Electronics when they needed PCBs for
their product.

Soundbeam was awarded Best SEN Resource in the 2015 Music Teachers Awards
for Excellence (Best SEN Resource 2015) and has already received widespread
recognition for the difference it can make to those with disabilities. More
recently a number of galleries and performance organisations have started to
use Soundbeam which adds an exhilarating live and improvisatory element to
electronic sound and vision and encourages choreographers, composers,
dancers, musicians and technicians to collaborate in new ways.

Cindy Crossland, Soundbeam, said: "The boards have a colour membrane with
the switch number attached to it. The switches that use the PCB's, are
triggered by touch and are part of the Soundbeam kit that is sold with the
touch free sensors. The sensors are ultrasonic, ie: they detect movement
however small and translate this into music and sound. The switches can
operate over a distance of 20m and are colourful, versatile, tactile and
most importantly sensitive to the stimuli produced by the musician. We
needed well engineered and thin PCBs for this project and Newbury
Electronics worked closely with us to ensure both the high quality of the
design and manufacture. We have not been disappointed and the PCBs from
Newbury Electronics have proved to be very reliable."

Being able to get this expertise and the highest production standards from a
UK based company was also an added bonus for Soundbeam, who wherever
possible are keen to support UK businesses, says the company.

Newbury Electronics' managing director, Philip King, said: "This is just
another exciting example of how PCBs that use the latest electronic
developments and modern production techniques can help realise wonderfully
creative machines and solutions that would have been unthinkable only 50
years ago, when we first started to manufacture these boards."

Future development of the product is planned and Newbury Electronics will
continue to provide its engineering skills and guidance as and when
appropriate, says the company.

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