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4 MIDI controlled slide guitar
Area Award: Controls Area Award: Art and Music
Angad Bector
Joel Spadin
Ruichen Zhao
Our project is a slide guitar-like instrument with a single string. A microcontroller reads MIDI input and controls two motors to play the instrument. One motor moves a metal bar along the string to control the pitch and the second motor controls a wheel of guitar picks to strike the string. A guitar pickup convert the string vibrations to an analog signal, to which the microcontroller reads and applies audio effects. The resulting digital audio is converted back to an analog signal and sent to speakers.
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Bone Conduction Lock

Alexander Lee, Brandon Powers, Ramon Zarate

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A lock that is unlocked using vibrations conducted through the bones in the user’s hand. The user wears a wristband containing a haptic motor. The haptic motor generates a vibration signal that acts as the "key" to the lock. When the user touches their finger to the lock, the signal is transmitted through the user’s hand and is received at the lock. If the lock receives the correct "key", then it unlocks.

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