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M5 Talk: Michael Grabscheid presents Dance Floor 64

UMass Amherst M5

Friday, November 16, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

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speaker: Michael Grabscheid, Executive Director of Marketing, UMass
time:Friday, 16  Nov  2012 at 3:00 PM
location: M5, UMass Amherst, Marcus Hall, Room 5 (Lower Level)
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Hey ECEs! Do you like...





 ...and most importantly, do you like to have FUN???


 If you're interested in any of the above awesome things, attending this Friday's M5 TALK is a must!!!


UMass’ own Michael Grabscheid, digital sound & light innovator, presents Dance Floor 64: the world’s largest dance pad. Michael introduces his passion for creating digital sound & light instruments with demonstration of his laser harp and digital marimba. His current project - Dance Floor 64 - is an 8x8 grid of 64 one-foot square tiles. Each tile is independently lit by full-color RGB LEDs and can detect pressure when stepped upon to trigger both color change and sound. Michael will discuss his concept, and describe its components, including high-power LED circuits, pressure sensing circuits, modular circuit board design, microprocessor signal processing, and control & audio processing on a laptop using Max/MSP and Ableton Live.


In addition to his presentation and demonstration of the Dance Floor 64, Mr. Grabscheid will also talk about some of the other sound and light electronics projects he has been working on over the past 4 to 5 years, namely his Laser Harp, Digital Xylophone and Monome projects, with some demonstrations.


Michael Grabscheid is currently the Executive Director of Marketing and New Business Development here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He earned his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and BS degrees with honors in both Mathematics and Engineering from Trinity College, Hartford, CT. He was founding Vice President, Marketing with Lumigent Technologies, named a Computerworld Top 100 Emerging Company during his tenure. Mr. Grabscheid's interests include designing and building digital electronic sound and light instruments, combining sensing devices, circuit design, and computer based signal processing. His artwork has been featured at the Hard Rock Cafe. 
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M5, Marcus Hall , Room 5 (lower level)
UMass Amherst - ECE Dept.
Amherst, MA 01003

Friday, November 16, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

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UMass Amherst M5

M5 is the hackerspace/makerspace/whateverspace of the UMass Amherst ECE Community (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering). M5 is fundamentally an opt-in space. M5 exists as a community of those who have taken the initiative to enhance their knowledge of the wonderful worlds of electronics, computing and related fields through projects and other activities.

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