Abel, Curtis Allen
Ault, Holly Keyes
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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