Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Abstract

Music has the ability to help children and adults with developmental disabilities grow cognitively and engage socially. The goal of this project is to design a device to allow people with various physical abilities to pluck individual guitar strings. For this device, custom acrylic plectrums, each attached to two electromagnetic actuators, are suspended above the sound hole or pickups of the guitar on a mounting plate. A wooden frame clamping to the body of the guitar supports the mounting plate. Two Arduino Uno microcontrollers facilitate the alternating triggering of the actuator pairs. The mechanism can successfully pluck each individual guitar string, but will require improved coding and mounting design to allow for easier component adjustments based on guitar size and type.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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