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Just wanted to announce the auction of “Aufstand der Dinge” on Sunday, 22. of March, 17h at Gallery SAKAMOTOcontemporary. You’ll be able to buy the whole world by passing by - or bidding online. You can even buy our Pylofon and some other machines we’ve build!

The Pylofon

April 3rd, 2008


The Pylofon is a wlan-xylophone-robot which can be controlled by internet - but as well by cellphone or a Wiimote. It also plays MIDI-files and time-scheduled random sounds.

We build it in two nights at easter 2008, using 2 Graupner Servos, a 99c-xylophone, a cardbord-box, an Asus WL500gP-wlan-router with OpenWRT Kamikaze and Python 2.5, SSH, a Pololu Serial 8-Servo Controller, an USB to Serial-Adapter, a Bluetooth-Stick and a USB-Memory-Stick.


The Pylofone, Demo I


The Pylofon-Drum-Section, still practicing

Next plans: a better demovideo, web-interface, RSS-import, live-MIDI, drum-section, mode-switch and gpl-python-sourcode.

The Pylofon on flickr

Hello SMS Jukebox

März 1st, 2008

Hello SMS Jukebox is an interactive horoscope for partys and vernissages. People can ask all kinds of questions by sms, adding their name and birthdate. The Jukebox then blinks, a character repeats the question on the screen and the horoscope, personalized by a clever fox, gives the answer.

We built the SMS-Jukebox using: an old Nokia 6310 and a datacable, Gammu to submit the SMS to a MySQL-Database, PHP for the Horoscope-Backend and XML-output, Python and MaryTTS (thanks to Universität Saarland for their fast TTS-Server!) to generate the voices, XML and Adobe Flash to display everything on the screen. The Flash-Part was written by Barbara Rauh and the style, music and characters were created by Jim Avignon. The holy (and secret) horoscope itself lives in Scotland and Berlin.

So far we’ve had fun presenting the SMS Jukebox in Athens (Goethe Institut), Berlin (Haus Schwarzenberg), Luzern (Fumetto-Festival), Munich (Jörg-Heitsch Gallery) and New York (Deutsches Haus).

> View the Jukebox-Demo (without questions and answers)

> More pictures and details on jukebox.mtz.in