Robert Alexander, Stewart Randolph, Rishi
Daftuar, Matthew Rose
A competition called Feel the Music, sponsored by the Deaf Performing Arts
Network (D-PAN) and the College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship, sought solutions for a
better way for the deaf and hearing-impaired population to appreciate music.
The competition and resulting projects demonstrate how science and
engineering are vehicles to improve life for others, in this case the
hearing-impaired and deaf population. Joel Martin, co-founder of the Deaf
Performing Artists Network, was thrilled with the results, stating, "You
guys have really met the challenge. Iím absolutely floored by all the time
you spent. Every group has, at heart, a good idea."*
The winning entry, called Team Thumping Threads', consisted of a specially
designed vest that causes one's spine to tingle in response to sound waves.
The team that created this unique electronic vest was made up of five
students, including Stewart Randolph who designed the vest, master of media
arts student Robert Alexander, Chris Conover, Matthew Rose, and
undergraduate student Rishi Daftuar who majors in electrical engineering and
performing arts technology.
|Ryan Garrone, Steven Joseph, Mike Huang
The second place team was comprised of second year electrical engineering
students Ryan Garrone, Mike Huang, and Steven Joseph. Their project, called
Muted Music, consisted of an electronic "glove" that provided vibrations in
specific patterns based on the rhythmic pulse and musical pitch. As second
year students, they had little prior experience with the technology. "It was
overwhelming at first," stated Steve, "but we figured out what to do piece by piece."
Some of the things they learned were digital signal processing and computer
science, as well as everything about the Texas Instruments chip that they used. Ryan
summed up the experience, saying, "it was a great project that allowed us to
experience the many opportunities that electrical engineering will have to offer
in the future."
Record: April 13, 2009
Press Release: April 16, 2009
Feel the Music Competition
Posted: April 21, 2009 by
EECS/ECE Communications Coordinator
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