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TWSU Instrument Kit

Technology Will Save Us

The Theramin is a fascinating electronic instrument; its distinctive buzz generated by the graceful movement of the player's arm through the air. Now imagine a Theramin from the future...

TWSUs Instrument Kit creates a musical device that is played by the interruption of two beams of light; with the rhythmic movement of your hands (or anything else for that matter) you can control its volume and pitch. Build it in under an hour and you're on your way to a spectacular neon orchestra.

Quick to assemble, this kit is also a great introduction to soldering and is based around a 556 Integrated Circuit chip - one of the most common components used in day-to-day technology.

Perfect for beginners and ages 10 and up.

  • 1 1.2K Ohm (Ω) Resistor
  • 2 150 Ohm (Ω) Resistor
  • 2 LDRs (light dependent resistors)
  • 2 LEDs (light-emitting diodes)
  • 1 Integrated Circuit (IC)
  • 1 DIL Socket
  • 1 On/Off Switch
  • 1 Transistor
  • 1 Capacitor
  • 1 Speaker
  • 1 Double Sided foam tape
  • 1 Battery Holder for 2 AAs (batteries not included)
  • 1 Instrument Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
  • 1 Acrylic Accessory (color and shape will vary)

  • Blue or White Tack (not included, but helpful for soldering)
  • Solder
  • Solder Sucker
  • Wire Cutters

Technology Will Save Us describes itself as a haberdashery for technology and education, with solder and LEDs in place of needles and thread.
Through schools and community outreach, founders Bethany Koby and Daniel Hirschmann are on a mission to help anyone become a maker of technology - a curiosity about the way things work being at the heart of what they do. TWSU's kits are accessible to all and combine essential, basic technological knowledge with projects that are smartly designed, genuinely useful and downright cool.

Technology Will Save Us are based in Hackney, East London.
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