play music with lasers!

BLAZING FAST MIDI LASER HARP TECHNOLOGY BUILT @ UC BERKELEY


During a summer EECS class at UC Berkeley, three students decided to pitch an ambitious idea to their professor---to build a Laser MIDI controller that can play music through a Plasma Speaker.

Thanks to Professor Josh Hug and Ference Kovac, the 5X transduction system was designed and built by Luke Calderin, Dan Lynch, and Joey Talia: the laser harp technology required the conversion of laser beams into voltages and then voltages into the serial MIDI protocol via a micro-controller.

The plasma speaker converted audio signals into plasma, which required performing surgery on an old CRT monitor, a 10 foot PVC pipe (although Luke still got electrocuted), and a series of MOSFETs with a power supply of 10,000 Volts.

THE LASER HARP

We've continued development on the harp technology, and have made drastic improvements, resulting in nanosecond response times with our new design.

We're actively looking for collaborators to help us take this technology to the next level.

I want to be involved!