Final Report MIDI Drum Pad (aka Koala 1)

Inspiration I really like making music in Ableton Live.  I’ve wanted to buy some MIDI drum pads for a while to use when making music, but I haven’t been able…

MIDI Drum Pad Update 4/20/16

This week, the full assembly of the drum pad came together.  I knew that I wanted to use acrylic for the body of the assembly, but I wasn’t quite sure…

MIDI Drum Pad 4/13/16

I spent most of week trying to figure out what was wrong with my original code.  Like I was talking about in my last post, whenever I strike one of…

MIDI Drum Pad 4/6/16

This week my Teensy arrived.  If you’re not familiar, the Teensy is an Arduino Powered microcontroller.  It’s pretty cheap, at only $19.80, and it has quite a few perks.  It…

MIDI Drum Pad – Constraints

With a heavy load for senior design and mechatronics in March, I’ve fallen behind on my posts.  Here are the top 5 constraints for my MIDI drum pad.  Sensor Overlap…

MIDI Drum Pad – Update 3/16/16

This inspiration for my project was the Rock Band drum set.  I read that these drum sets can be used for a bunch of different projects pretty easily, and have…

MIDI Drum Pad – PDR

For my project, I’ll be designing a MIDI drum pad.  MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is just a standard of connectors, digital interfaces, and protocols that allow musical instruments to…

Inspiration – Jakob

I got the idea for my project from a few of pre-existing products that are a bit outside of my price-range: namely, the Korg Wavedrum,  Roland HandSonic, and Nord Pad.  Each…

Aspirations – Jakob

For this semester’s aesthetics of design project, I want to pick a project which challenges me in areas I haven’t had as much of a chance to develop during my…

Jakob’s Skills

As far as engineering student credentials go, I’m confident in my SolidWorks Skills, and slightly less confident in my Inventor skills.  I’m very confident in my Matlab abilities, and am…

TV Terrarium Completed Project

TV Terrarium   I started CU’s Super Smash Brothers club during 2013’s spring semester.  It’s pretty well known that Super Smash Brothers players are notoriously picky about the input lag on monitors.…

TV Terrarium Progress

After the dawn of flat-screen tv’s Cathode ray television sets became a rare sight in the American household, but a dime-a-dozen in the junkyard.  Despite how many of these tv’s…

The Aesthetics of Kaiju

Kaiju, translated from Japanese as “strange beast” , is a film genre centered around giant monsters attacking Japanese metropolises.  The film credited as the first in the genre is also the…