Making the mat

The pads themselves are nothing but a sheet of aluminiumfoil with a wire to the microcontroller, lying underneath my carpet. This is the first one I made:

That's repeated 4 times, for the four directions. Commercial mats have 6 dancing pads, but I already find 4 challenging enough :)

The result:

I used a marker to indicate the 4 corners of the middle square, except for that it seems like nothing is changed in comparison with the original floor.

Near my computer-table 4 wires come up, to which a PCB with the schematic is attached:

You can see the leds and trimmers as well as the uC.


The mat seems to perform excellent in StepMania. I still do fail many songs, but I don't think that's a problem with the mat...

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