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At the Faire - Ars Lux Laser Harp

Posted on 14 Sep 2015

Ars Lux Laser Harp

A laser harp is a musical instrument based on blocking of laser beams, each tied to a distinct musical note.

Ars Lux employs eight low-power lasers and a single-board computer, making it easier to build and economically viable. Unlike the more common laser harps, when an Ars Lux laser beam is cut at different heights there is a variation in the volume of the note that is emitted.

This ability leads to a truly unique prototype, merging art and light science. At Maker Faire Lisbon 2015, Rita Gabriela Rocha will present the result of a years’ work in the form of Ars Lux, which is dedicated to the International Year of Light.

Ars Lux was the winner at the Science Fair IYL2015/Portugal “À Descoberta da Luz” national contest that took place in May 25th on Viana do Castelo, and was on display at HSCI 2015 - 12th International Conference on Hands-on Science in Funchal, Madeira during July.

Rita is a biologist and a high school teacher at Colégio Luso-Francês at Porto, dedicated to science education and communication research since her PhD at University of Porto. She created a new school subject called MIP (Project Investigation and Research methodologies development) for 12th grade students.

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