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67 Sound Controlled Smoke Detector
Meng Gao
Xinrui Zhu
Yihao Zhang
Luke Wendt
Almost all of us encounters false fire alarms at some point in our life. Although many modern fire alarms have the ability to mute temporarily with a push of button, the physical location of the smoke detector does not always make it easy to do so.
At the same time, voice controlled products are entering markets, and gaining popularity in recent days. These products, such as Android phones and Amazon Echo, can be activated by keyword such as “OK Google”, ”Alexa”, or “Amazon”.
Therefore, we propose a sound controlled fire alarm that allows you to easily turn the alarm off by shouting the keyword "cooking" when false alarm happens (in addition to a push button). The project will contain two parts: 1) a smoke alarm circuit with carbon monoxide sensor, microphone, mute button, and 2) a DSP core for the key word recognition.
The user will need to train the alarm once, where the DSP will find and store the Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs) for the training word. Then once the alarm is triggered, interrupt will be served to the core through a interrupt pin or a GPIO, and the DSP will actively listen for any keywords, finding the MFCCs for what it hears, and comparing with the stored MFCCs. If the mean square error is below a threshold, the DSP will stop the alarm.
In additional, if we have time, we may also look into Dynamic Time Warping (DTW) to improve our accuracy.

Pocket Pedal - A Bluetooth Controlled Effects Box

Kaan Erel, Alexander Van Dorn, Jacob Waterman

Pocket Pedal - A Bluetooth Controlled Effects Box

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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!


Jacob Waterman jwaterm2

Kaan Erel erel2

Alex Van Dorn vandorn2