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Design and build a self-tuning stringed instrument
Keywords: self-tuning guitar,
(Commenced: 01-Jan-2004,Concluded: 31-Oct-2004)
Much equipment already exists on the music market, which can accurately measure and display the frequency of a signal (from a stringed instrument). The adjustment of string tension, on most instruments, is a trivial task that can be performed by a simple motor/gears arrangement. The integration of this frequency measuring with string tension adjustment as well as the control required, is something that has not made its way into the marketplace.
The aim of this honours project was to design, construct and optimize a mechatronic system that is capable of correcting string tension to obtain a desired frequency/pitch.
The project consists of several parts, which can be developed relatively independently, and therefore can provide a project of variable complexity. These main parts include:
Additional parts that could be developed, given time, resources etc: