A solar powered music box


John came to Deesigned Studio with an interesting problem. His wife had a music box made by her father, but they’d never heard it play. It appeared to be solar powered, but they couldn’t seem to make it work, so John asked if we could do something with it. We found that while the original solar panels would power the motor in bright light, there wasn’t sufficient power to run the music mechanism.
So we modified the design a bit, with a larger solar panel on top, rather than beneath the tinted plastic, and we had the solar panel charge a pair of high value electrolytic capacitors, and we added a switch so that the music box would be charged in the sunlight, but played somewhere else. And years after it was first made, John and his wife were able to hear the music box that her father had built years before. (John was kind enough to supply these photographs for us.) photo 1 photo 2 photo 3
Certainly we could build a solar-powered music box for you – or one powered by a miniature steam engine, or Sterling engine. We can build music boxes that you can program to play any song you like. But the point is that what we do at Deesigned Studio is to make your imagination come to life. If you can dream it, and you wish to see it happen, then give us a call and see if we can help you make it a reality.
Do you have an idea for a brand-new product, but you need an engineer to design the hardware and the software? Do you want to see if something is possible? Then, whether it’s as simple as a solar-powered music box, or as complicated as a brand new electronic musical instrument, give us a call, stop on by for a visit, and we’ll see if we can’t make your dream a reality.

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