Lectures

Spring 2020 Lecture Material:

Pre-Lecture #1:


(before class on January 21st, 2020)

Brainstorming and Ideation

  • Brainstorming and Ideation slides (pptx)
  • Videos (watch before coming to class)

Lecture #1:


(January 21st, 2020)

Getting Started

  • Welcome and Course Overview (pptx)
  • Pitches
    • Nate Ogden: John Deere Modular Interface PCB (contact)(pptx)
    • Ann Witmer: Agricultural Applications of ECE (contact)
    • Greg Tucker: Dryer Sensor (contact)(pptx)(doc)(vid)
    • Prof Arne Fliflet: Autonomous Sailboat (contact)(pptx)
    • Prof Jonathon Schuh: Solar Panel Submetering of ECEB (contact)(pptx)
    • Thomas Dillavou: Fagan Scooters (contact)(pptx)
  • Brainstorming & Ideation Activity (pptx)
  • RFA Process (pptx)
  • Winter is Coming (pptx)

Pre-Lecture #2:


(before January 28th, 2020)

Beyond Ideation

Lecture #2:


( January 28th, 2020)

Moving Forward

  • Agenda
  • Lab Rules and Safety (pdf)(pptx)
  • Pitches
  • Project Management (pptx)
  • Design Process (pptx)

Pre-Lecture #3:


(before February 4th, 2020)

Design and Writing Tips

Lecture #3:


(February 4th, 2020)

Last Stop Before RFA

  • Welcome and Q&A (pptx)
  • Project Resources (pptx)
  • Intellectual Property (pptx)
  • Lab Notebook (pptx)
  • TA Meetings (pptx)
  • Building a Good R&V Table (pptx)
  • Writing Tips (pptx)
  • Communication Tips (pptx)
  • Ethics and Closing Remarks (pptx)

Spring 2020 Video Lectures:

Brainstorming

Finding a Problem (Video)
Generating Solutions (Video)
Diving Deeper (Video)
Voting (Video)
Reverse Brainstorming (Video)
Homework for Everyone (Video)

Important Information

Using the ECE 445 Website (Video)
Lab Notebook (Video , Slides)
Modular Design (Video, Slides)
Circuit Tips and Debugging (Video , Slides)
Eagle CAD Tutorial (Video)
Spring 2018 IEEE Eagle Workshop (Slides)
Spring 2018 IEEE Soldering Workshop (Slides)

Major Assignments and Milestones

Request for Approval (Video, Slides)
Project Proposal (Video, slides)
Design Document (Video, slides)
Design Review (Video, slides)
Writing Tips (Video, slides)

Pocket Pedal - A Bluetooth Controlled Effects Box

Kaan Erel, Alexander Van Dorn, Jacob Waterman

Pocket Pedal - A Bluetooth Controlled Effects Box

Featured Project

Our idea is to make an inexpensive alternative to traditional pedal powered guitar effects boxes. Essentially, we hope to implement a single aftermarket effects box that can be remote controlled via a mobile app. This low-power, Bluetooth connected application can control the box to change effects on the go. The hardware within the effects box will be able to alter the guitar's signals to create different sounds like echoing, looping, and distortion effects (and possibly more). These effects will be implemented using analog circuits that we will design and construct to be controlled by an app on your phone.

This project eliminates the expensive buy-in for a guitarist hoping to sound like any number of famous musicians with multiple effects pedals. On top of this, it also aims to get rid of the clutter that comes with the numerous pedals and boxes connected to an amplifier. Many pedals today don't even have a visual interface to select effects through some sort of menu. The app will also provide a much more handy and portable visual representation of the possible effects all from the phone in your pocket!

Team:

Jacob Waterman jwaterm2

Kaan Erel erel2

Alex Van Dorn vandorn2