An electric tambourine that is completely powered by the playing of the instrument.

The jingles of the tambourine are lined with piezoelectric elements, which generate voltage when impacted. This voltage is then harvested to turn on LED lights on the tambourine. The harder the tambourine rattles, the greater the voltage generated by the piezoelectric elements and thus the brighter the light. Yellow LED lights on the jingles light up when the corresponding piezo is rattled. If the tambourine is played with enough force, blue and red LED lights on the band also light up. Thus, the player can both hear and see the music generated by this instrument.

Link to video on vimeo

Documentation of the electronics and fabrication process. [.ppt]

Jie Qi