Faculty Advisor

Abel, Curtis Allen

Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Abstract

The goal of the project was to develop a wireless, battery-powered device with a plucking mechanism and a wearable user interface (UI) that would enable individuals with physical disabilities to play a guitar. The plucking mechanism, mounted to an adjustable frame around the guitar, has 3D printed plectra to actuate each guitar string. The inertial measurement unit based UI is comprised of two wearable devices that calculate which strings to pluck, by using sensor fusion to track user motion and device orientation. Music provides people an avenue to express their emotions and has been shown to stimulate the brain in uniquely beneficial ways. This project provides an opportunity to create music for individuals who have not previously had access to this experience.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019

Major

Robotics Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Undergraduate Studies

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Share

COinS