A device that can transcribe music directly from a guitar is just one of the student inventions that will be launched at the Endeavour Design Expo, the University of Melbourne’s showcase of final year Engineering and IT design projects.

The “Tablord” transcribes music as the guitarist plays. This is done by analysing the timing and frequency of the notes played.
Team member Ashley Crabtree-Morton said the idea for the transcriber came from Dr Gavin Buskes, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
“As guitarists and music fanatics, the idea of a product doing the ‘dirty work’ of song writing – the dreaded transcribing, was not only a product that we would want, but would also be useful to the guitar players,” he said.
Ashley said that the final year design project process had taught them that nothing was as straightforward as it seemed.
“There is always an extensive procedure of testing and revising until a product meets its requirements.”
Some of the other inventive final year projects to feature at the Endeavour Expo will include:
•    An app that can accurately measure your Body Mass Index (BMI)
•    A 3D printed structure that mimics the internal structure of bones, for increased strength in manufactured parts
•    A robot that can help fight fires
•    A multi battery charger that can handle different types of batteries at the same time
•    An improved data platform to promote the development of affordable housing in Melbourne
•    And Baxter, the Human-Friendly Household Robot.
Special guest at Endeavour this year is Genevieve Bell an Australian  anthropologist and researcher. Born in Sydney, she is the director of Intel Corporation's Interaction and Experience Research and was the 15thThinker in Residence in South Australia. In 2010, Bell was named as one of the top 25 women in technology to watch by AlwaysOn.

In 2012, Bell was inducted to the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame.