Jason Striegel @ Hackzine tells us about the Cornell Microcontroller Design class and their final projects this semester:

Pictured above is David Drew and Joanna Dai’s autonomous neural robot, which is able to learn to navigate an enclosed space at the fastest possible speed without bumping into things. Another project, Guitar Legend Maker by Thidanun Saensuksopa and John Del Gaizo, is a real-instrument version of Guitar Hero. Instead of monkeying around with a 5 button faux guitar, you play a real instrument and the system detects the tone actually played, deciding whether or not it matches the riff that is being output.

What’s really killer about all of these projects is that the are thoroughly documented, with full source, circuit diagrams, and a discussion of design decisions. If anything inspires you, you don’t have to recreate the wheel to start working on your own ideas. …And with the diversity and number of projects on the site, somthing’s bound to inspire you.

Cornell’s microcontroller projects at Hackzine – Link.