Final – Proposal

To imagine that we are already at our final project! It seems like only yesterday that I was figuring out the arc() function in p5.js—yet here we are, preparing for the finale. The task is to harness the powers of both p5.js and Arduino in tandem, and I’m looking forward to see if I can realize a certain vision I’ve had in mind for a while now . . .

The Inspiration & Idea

My inspiration is the ocarina mechanic in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In the game, the main character Link possesses a magical ocarina that can have certain effects on the surrounding environment when certain melodies are played; for example, the Sun’s Song can change night to day and vice verse, while Zelda’s Lullaby is used to solve various puzzles (like opening doors with a certain insignia on them).

Since the very beginning of this course, I’ve had the vague vision of implementing this mechanic for my final project—and now that I’ve made it to this point, this vision is looking a little clearer. The plan is to use the musical capabilities of Arduino to build a makeshift instrument (in place of the ocarina), and p5.js to display a sort of environment that can be interacted with through Arduino. For instance, a treasure chest displayed in p5.js could be opened by playing the correct melody (the correct sequence of notes) on Arduino. The biggest feature and question mark here is the method I am going to use to 1) send information to p5.js containing the sequence of notes being played on the Arduino instrument; 2) check if the sequence of the notes being played is a viable melody; and 3) have the according element in the p5.js be impacted.

This will undoubtedly be my most challenging work yet, as I put together everything I have learned throughout this course to bring to life an interactive program that spans both the virtual and the physical. From making a working instrument to creating an interactive virtual environment, there is much to be done here. While I am equal parts excited and nervous about this project, I will only know of its true magnitude when I get into the thick of things. Off to work, then.

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