Faculty Advisor

Barton, Scott D

Faculty Advisor

Orr, John A.


This MQP was to develop a prototype for a haptic learning device for piano. The aim of the device is to use haptic feedback to reinforce proper piano playing. The device is a keyboard that has electromagnets embedded in the keys. The user of this device wears gloves that have magnets on the fingertips. The device uses the electromagnets to pull the user’s fingers to the correct finger positioning. The keyboard has touch sensors to detect user input and RGB LEDs to provide visual queues while in operation. The device is controlled using an Arudino microcontroller and Max computer software. The final product is a prototype that implements the haptic technology and can demonstrate its operation with some piano exercises.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2014


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering