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Aeolian Crutches

When the wind blows, make music
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As I was standing in the wind today, my crutches began to sing in the wind. My crutches are aluminum with lines of holes along the length. The problem? They only play one note.

My forearm crutches feature hand grips and I had the idea to fit keys to the underside of the grips which would open holes to create different notes. By default, all holes would be plugged until a key was pressed. Each key would open the appropriate hole to make a note. As I stand in the wind, I would be able to press keys to make notes, and henceforth, a song.

Klaatu, Mar 25 2011

Similar, but different Ortho-Flute
Ortho Flute [Klaatu, Mar 25 2011]

Spring-loaded crutches http://www.amazon.c...d=1301110386&sr=8-1
[Klaatu, Mar 26 2011, last modified Apr 23 2011]

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       And if the wind dies down, you can add a minifan to create some. (+)
sqeaketh the wheel, Mar 25 2011
  

       //my crutches began to sing // [+] for that.
mouseposture, Mar 25 2011
  

       I love that garlic aeoli but it does make me kind of windy.
bungston, Mar 25 2011
  

       Bravo! +
csea, Mar 26 2011
  

       I'm picturing a slide trombone type action.   

       //I'm picturing a slide trombone type action// I wish that I could give [2fries] a bun for the anno. Almost an idea in itself. This would work nicely with the new, energy absorbing crutches <link>.
Klaatu, Mar 26 2011
  

       [+] yes!
xandram, Mar 26 2011
  

       //As I was standing in the wind today, my crutches began to sing in the wind.//   

       I don't know if you meant to, but you've created a very evocative and moving piece of prose there K. [+}
doctorremulac3, Mar 26 2011
  

       I can see you playing your crutches, [klaatu]. What a lovely image.
blissmiss, Mar 27 2011
  
      
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