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David Ramsay

Electrical and Biomedical EngineerDavid Ramsay

I want people to be able to express themselves musically.  In the fall I will be attending the Dublin Institute of Technology, as a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship, to build an interface that will allow a disabled person to play a musical synthesizer.

I want to analyze the range of motion of a physically disabled person and then design an interface around the motions that would enable them to control and change sound.  The model could use motion sensors, similar to the infrared cameras that track motion in Wii games, as the controller, and the change in distance or location of the hand, head, or foot could change pitch, tone, volume, or more.

I found that the U.S. is behind other countries when it comes to making music accessible to the disabled.  Even though it may be frustrating to begin with, this new design will hopefully enable users to feel the accomplishment of pursuing and making music.

I graduated from Case Western Reserve University and I double majored in electrical engineering and music with a minor in biomedical engineering.

3 Responses to “David Ramsay”

  1. you have so much talent! i am also interested in the human brain. want to read up on it often. 🙂

  2. it’s a really heroic thing you’re doing. you are a good person it’s hard to find people like you.

  3. Hello,

    My name is Roberta Martins and I am a graduate student in Industrial Design at Academy of Art University of San Francisco. I am currently developing my thesis project, which is a home care product that aids women to effectively perform their breast self-examinations, in order to find cancer in its early stage and higher the chances of the patient to survive breast cancer. I am in the middle of research phase, and I am looking for technologies that could be suitable for my product, at this point.

    I would really appreciate if you could give me some advices (where to go, who should I contact with… Is there a student center where I could contact students and see if someone would be interested in work or advise me on this topic?)

    Your help would be priceless,

    Thank you so much,

    Roberta Martins

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