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5 Facilitated Instrument Learning
Christopher Chen
Jiajun Xu
Theodore Lao
Zhen Qin design_review
Members: Jiajun Xu (jxu74), Christopher Chen (cwchen4), Theodore Lao (tlao2)

Musicians must spend a substantial amount of time learning the positions of chords/notes on new instruments they are interested in learning. Facilitated instrument learning will allow someone to sing, hum, or play another instrument and the currently played notes will be mapped onto the new instrument in real time. This allows a beginner, with little musical background, to sing a melody they wish to play and learn it on a new instrument and also allows a professional, with an extensive background on musical theory and other instruments, to compose music on new instruments.

The acoustic input is recorded through an analog MEMS microphone and the signal will go through an ADC. This will connect to a DSP chip which handles the frequency analysis. This will connect to a microprocessor which controls the LEDs on the piano keys.

The DSP chip analyzes the notes currently being struck by filtering and removing the harmonics from the spectrum. The frequencies of the notes will correspond to positions on an instrument which can be indicated by LEDs.

A 9V battery connected to voltage regulator will supply the necessary supply voltages to the components.

Other products which help people learn instruments are:
This $2000 product is limited because notes must be pre-selected on the piano for students to learn from later. With the proposed project, users produce the melodies with their voice or an instrument and the notes on the destination instrument will be shown in real time.
This piano learning subscription service is limited to select songs the company has pre-transcribed for its users, so customers are unable to write songs with melodies they have come up with.

Prosthetic Control Board

Caleb Albers, Daniel Lee

Prosthetic Control Board

Featured Project

Psyonic is a local start-up that has been working on a prosthetic arm with an impressive set of features as well as being affordable. The current iteration of the main hand board is functional, but has limitations in computational power as well as scalability. In lieu of this, Psyonic wishes to switch to a production-ready chip that is an improvement on the current micro controller by utilizing a more modern architecture. During this change a few new features would be added that would improve safety, allow for easier debugging, and fix some issues present in the current implementation. The board is also slated to communicate with several other boards found in the hand. Additionally we are looking at the possibility of improving the longevity of the product with methods such as conformal coating and potting.

Core Functionality:

Replace microcontroller, change connectors, and code software to send control signals to the motor drivers

Tier 1 functions:

Add additional communication interfaces (I2C), and add temperature sensor.

Tier 2 functions:

Setup framework for communication between other boards, and improve board longevity.

Overview of proposed changes by affected area:

Microcontroller/Architecture Change:

Teensy -> Production-ready chip (most likely ARM based, i.e. STM32 family of processors)


support new microcontroller, adding additional communication interfaces (I2C), change to more robust connector. (will need to design pcb for both main control as well as finger sensors)


Addition of a temperature sensor to provide temperature feedback to the microcontroller.


change from Arduino IDE to new toolchain. (ARM has various base libraries such as mbed and can be configured for use with eclipse to act as IDE) Lay out framework to allow communication from other boards found in other parts of the arm.