The Barcode piano was developed at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) by Helle Rohde Andersen, Marco Triverio, and Hao-Ting Chang.

The Barcode Piano invites children to explore the concept of barcodes through a tangible interface consisting of a board, bricks, a button and sounds inspired by the piano as a metaphor. By combining the different barcode bricks, children can copy barcodes and listen to their unique tunes. Each brick will play a unique tone creating new tunes every time a complete barcode is put into place on the Barcode Piano.

“The overall idea has been to convey the fact that barcodes are unique through creating a tangible and sensuous experience with sound as output. While being a low cost technology, barcodes can contain complex amounts of information depending on the context of use. Thus, we chose from an early stage to focus on the core principles of barcodes.” – Via Marco Triverio

Click here to view a video of the Barcode piano.

Photos: Marco Triverio