TransPerformance The Performer The keypad and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) on this guitar are the obvious tip-off to embedded electronics. A closer look reveals that the bridge and tailpiece are quite different, too. The guitar's six strings pass through a tuner assembly to the back of the guitar where six stepper motors simultaneously adjust each string's tension. The whole system is controlled by a microcontroller, but analog ICs interface to the stepper motors. The motors' speeds are adjustable with full-speed changes of one whole step per second. Touch-up accuracy is ± 2 cents. A cent is a logarithmic unit to measure musical intervals with 1,200 cents equal to one octave. For more information on TransPerformance's The Performer, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4928-543.
The fun factor continues to draw developers to Linux. This open-source system continues to succeed in the market and in the hearts and minds of developers. Design News will delve into this territory with next week's Continuing Education Class titled, “Introduction to Linux Device Drivers.”
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