This was a group project

made with Deborah Kim 

5th Term

Spring 18

Problem Solving


14 Week


Artificial Intelligence

& Robotics

Nota is a musical companion, it captures ideas

and moments of inspiration, working as a

translator between the real and musical.



Expressive, ever-changing and fun, changes based on the player and on the listener. It's very subjective.



Traditional and standard, might get boring after constant practice. Usually method based.

Each person's learning style can be different and the traditional method might not be enough for everyone.

The drive to learn and play should come from our love for music.

And love for music is found in our daily lives

From our morning playlists to the little tunes we hum in the shower, the music we encounter everyday is what can enhance music learning

We believe, that through Artificial Intelligence, our worldview can be shifted into a musical one, by capturing moments of inspiration and translating them into learning experiences

The Sketchbook

The capturer of ideas and on-the-go inspiration, designers and artists have where to draw, why shouldn't a musician have one too?

The Guitar

We decided to focus on the guitar. Due to it being one of the most popular and relatively easy instruments to pick up.

Have a fun interface that teaches how to play the acoustic guitar.

Use the core aspects of music: fun, expression and freedom, to further improve the learning process.

A confident and wise mentor, someone who can show what he’s capable of.

A shape that evolves with the student, changing the way it works in order to adapt to the person’s state.


The musician's Sketchbook


Hum or sing songs to Nota, she will then translate it into chords or notes


Capture not only sounds but chords and movements

Bottom interface

Less frequent controls can be changed here, like volume or power.

Nota A.I.

The character was developed to help the communication between the interface and the user. It acts as a guide that knows you more the more you talk and use it.


Play known or original songs with the aid of the LED array on the fretboard

LED Array

Under the glass the LED array shows the user where to press and play.

Ports and Outputs

Has a 3.5mm jack, USB-C and metal contacts for charging.

Real Strings

The familiar feel is achieved by using real Steel Guitar Strings 


Nota extends it’s length to reveal the strumming section

String Spring

Adjustment Knob

Guitar String

String Attachment

The Mechanism

In order to make the product extend and contract we developed a mechanism that would allow for that movement.

Using a set of springs that maintain the cords tensioned and an adjustment knob that strengthens the force

It’s like a mirror that helps you get better at the guitar.


The hub shows you where to improve, it reads your movements and advises on what to practice. It has an Augmented Reality interface that virtually projects chords and picking patterns on the guitar.




LED Screen

The Hub

An accessory that’s meant for learning. The hub stays at home and aids the user with a more straight forward approach to learning.

It sees them and, with the same Nota character, takes the user through their learning path.

A Cradle

The Hub also houses Nota, working as it’s charging and resting space.

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