03 Dec 2008, 00:00

Build Your Own Danse Pad using a keyboard circuit

The instructions for this project are incomplete, but you basically step on the circuit on each tile with a conductive sole shoe (you could use aluminum tape glued under your shoe) to close the circuits. I hope to be able to add more detailed instructions and pictures soon. For now, you can check out http://royconejo.host.sk/, it was heavily inspired from it.

WARNING: Before anybody attempts to build this dance pad, please note that after a while I suddenly started having intermittent problems (it stops working). If I unplug it and plug it back, it starts working fine again for a while. I think the problem is caused by the wires connected to the circuit board being too long. It might change the inductance and/or capacitance too much and the circuit board can’t handle it. I don’t know much about electronics so If anyone know how to fix this, please let me know. I tried with a USB circuit board and a USB board with a PS/2 adapter without any luck.

Finished Dance Pad

Finished Dance Pad

Tools and Supplies List

tools

  • Tacker
  • Wire Strippers
  • Screw Driver & Screws
  • Circular Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Utility Knife
  • Drill
  • Drill bit (from 116″ to 18″ (1.5mm to 3mm) should do)
  • Plyers
  • Soldering Iron & Solder
  • Sand Paper
  • Pen
  • Framing Square
  • Hammer
  • Punch
  • Plywood
  • Copper Wire (I stripped Cat5 network cable and phone cable)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Paint
  • Cardboard
  • 8×11 Paper
  • Aluminum Tape
  • Level (4ft)
  • Large Tape
  • Clamps
  • Shoes with aluminum tape taped underneath (to create the shorts when you dance)
  • USB Keyboard (or PS/2 if you current keyboard is not PS/2) Note: A few tools and supplies are optional but they either make the job easier or the dance pad prettier.

Get keyboard circuits (find out how we will use them at http://www.instructables.com/id/S9XKHQXFDIY309O/)

keyboard opened

keyboard opened

keyboard electronic board

keyboard's circuit board

dance pad painted no wires

dance pad painted w/o wires

  • Cut plywood Mine is 37″ x 37″ not including the header (where the circuit board is going to be installed

  • Paint the hole plywood sheet black

  • Stick strips of aluminum paper on edges and to create a grid with 9 even squares

  • Paint symbols using red spray paint and stencils

    spray paint stencil

    spray paint stencil

    spray paint stencil 1

    spray paint stencil 1

wires_underneath_1

wires_underneath_1

wires_underneath_2

wires_underneath_2

wires_underneath_3

wires_underneath_3

wires_underneath_4

wires_underneath_4

finished_dance_pad_1

finished_dance_pad_1

finished_dance_pad_2

finished_dance_pad_2