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39 Photocell Music Board based on Eli Fieldsteel’s Project Pitch
Alonzo Marsh
Sean Li
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Our project involves creating an improved version of Eli Fieldsteel’s prototype music board. The music board consists of an array of 256 photoresistors connected via USB to a computer. The computer runs a program written in the Supercollider programming language to collect and interpret data from the music board. Each photoresistor detects the intensity of light shining on it. When a drop in light intensity on a photoresistor is detected, the computer plays a note. The music board is capable of playing any combination of notes simultaneously.

The improved music board will feature modular photoresistor boards and execute internal component failure checks. 256 photoresistors will be placed on 16 identical PCBs with 16 photoresistors on each board. If a photoresistor fails, a single PCB can be replaced easily without affecting the rest of the music board.

To add to Eli’s original design, we will also implement:
A 16x16 LED display board that will mirror the hand motions to provide a matching visual for demonstration purposes.
An algorithm to smooth the data to account for effects of inconsistent light sources including interference from spotlights and low light environments.
A user interface to switch between multiple instrument sounds and adjust board characteristics (pitch, volume, sensitivity, calibration)

Additional Ideas:
Create a generic design that can use different types of sensors (touch sensors, flex sensors, distance sensors, color sensors)
Design a small, hand held, self contained version with battery power

Prosthetic Control Board

Caleb Albers, Daniel Lee

Prosthetic Control Board

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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)

Board:

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)

Sensor:

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

Software:

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.