Cornell Engineers Ray Li and Michael Ndubuisi are breaking the rules to push the limits of imagination. An earlier incarnation of SoundSpace, (called Aura), won the Bright Idea Award from ECE’s Innovation Competition in the winter of 2013.
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ECE Innovation Award Bright Idea winners Ray Li, BS '14 and Michael Ndubuisi, BS '14, discuss their new musical instrument, Aura. It allows the musician to control sound simply by moving their hands in the air. Video courtesy of the Cornell Daily Sun
Meet the winners of the Fall 2013 ECE Innovation Awards and learn about their projects. www.ece.cornell.edu/innovate
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Cornell ECE welcomes new, incoming graduate students. Faculty and students enjoyed a relaxed evening at The Statler Hotel on August 27, 2013.
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