Toy Piano

Octet

2007
Plastic, aluminum, wood, custom electronics
12” x 12” x 8” (30cm x 30cm x 20cm)
 

A Fisher-Price toy piano is transformed to teach adults how to count in binary.

Like the classic 1978 Milton Bradley game ‘Simon’, players repeat an increasingly complex sequence of chords. The secret is simple though - it is just counting up, in binary.

Fun fact: The inspiration for Octet came from the fact that the original toy piano had 8 keys which could link directly to the 8 bit computers of the era, creating a beautiful elegance of operation.