This post concerns my progress on my Physical Computing final project– an assistive device that will allow a musician with limited dexterity in their left hand (from, say, accident or illness) to again play the guitar. A series of buttons underneath the fretboard will, with the aid of the Arduino microcontroller, trigger a combination [...]
Continuing to work on my guitar “fretbox” assistive device. Used my cheap digital calipers ($15 on Amazon) to measure the distance between the guitar frets and strings, drew up a quick guide in illustrator, and then drew circles over the strings whose diameter corresponded to the diameter of the solenoids I’ll be using.
Found a solenoid that is strong enough to depress a guitar string– and at 1/2 an inch diameter, it seems possible that I’l be able to find a layout that could accommodate six of them, side by side, in a vertical row on the fret board.
Nick Yulman suggested that I stagger the solenoids– [...]
The definition of “art” came up in class today, and I was reminded of the the educational goals of the American Visionary Art Museum. While they probably don’t serve as a totally inclusive definition of art (I doubt anything does) or encompass all of our intentions in designing interactivity, I see a mirror for many [...]