2010 finalists > 13 to 14 years > Turn My Page
Turn My Page
It's hard to turn a sheet of music over when you're playing the guitar. Turn my page employs a car windscreen wiper arm and motor to turn the page when a foot pedal is pushed. Eldon has also taken it a step further and created a software version of the page turner which can be operated using a mouse on the floor.
I was inspired by the frustration I had when I was practising guitar and learning songs which were two or more pages long. It was impossible to turn the page while playing, and you had to be careful not to knock the stand over or turn onto the wrong page. So I decided to come up with an electronic solution.
The hardest part about developing my project was the hundreds of trials and adjustments to work out the best angle for the wiper arm so that it would turn the page when I pressed the foot pedal.
I really enjoy electronics and taking things apart. I like collecting components from anything and everything, then creating something new that works! When I finish school I’m planning on further tertiary study – either an electrical apprenticeship or an electrical engineering degree.
There are three people who have inspired me into electronics: my Dad who showed me how to put a light bulb and a motor on to a battery and then solder it all up. The second person is Melven Dinn – I used to attend his electronics classes. The third person is my neighbour Wayne Holmes who has mentored and inspired me throughout all of my electrical inventions with his personal experience in the electrical engineering industry.