Moscow-based artist Dmitry Morozov has created a number of Arduino-powered projects covered by Bits & Pieces over the past year, including a musical tattoo reader and the ‘Signes de vie’ (‘Signs of Life’) installation.
His latest project? The gusli robot, which Morozov describes as a Russian folk bot and portable electro-acoustic orchestra.
Recently featured on the official Arduino blog, the folk bot, which is inspired by the oldest Russian multi-string plucked instrument, is powered by two Atmel-based Arduino Uno boards (ATmega328 MCU).
Additional key specs include:
- Servo motors x6
- DC motor x1
- Stepper motor x1
- Solenoids x3
- Spings x8
- Strings x38
“‘Gusli-samogudy’ means self playing gusli,” Morozov explained. “It’s very common charter is old Russian fairy tales – so by making it robotized I made [the] fairy tale come true.”
Interested in learning more? You can check out the project’s official page here.