The Magic Music Table


On the website Instructablescom, which allows users to share what they make, user XenonJohn describes how he built the Magic Music Table. The device was designed to help a child with a disability who is unable to load and operate a CD player or use the small buttons and menus of mp3 players. The Magic Music Table connects an iPod to an Arduino, which tells the device to start playing a particular track based on a selection made with RFID cards. The RFID cards are each placed inside of a plastic case along with a picture of the album’s art. The Magic Music Table could benefit people with developmental or cognitive disabilities, poor dexterity, as well as older adults and the very young. If you are inclined to make your own Magic Music Table, click on the link below to find instructions and a materials list.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.