From Olivier’s Facebook page, we know that he is working on at least three new modules. Exciting stuff, but it is his clues about “module 3” that make me wonder if Dr Gillet is turning into Dr Frank N. Furter:
- Started schematics/layout for new module 3. The board is so dense there are parts sneaked in under pots, and there’s a little mezzanine board above the processor!
- Finished assembly of module 3 prototype. Yet another JTAG mistake O_O. Wrote firmware covering all I/O. Board bring-up status: 100%. Analog section tested and validated. Will start writing code next week…
- Wrote view/controller code for new module 3.
- Wrote more DSP code for new module 3.
- Recorded tons of training data for new module 3. I love leaving machine learning/system identification algorithms crunching data and figuring out all the good stuff by themselves
- Finished building a model used in a feature of module 3. It is still stuck a bit in the uncanny valley, but I have plenty of time before the production to improve things.
- Wrote a significant chunk of new module 3’s firmware.
- Implemented new module 3’s firmware updater.
- Ordered new iteration of PCB prototypes for new module 3.
- Added objectionable secret functions to new module 3.
So, Olivier has been busy analysing data - presumably musical or audio data - using machine learning algorithms to build mathematical models of something. He previously used machine learning to build the Kohonen SOMs used in Grid, and prior to that, for feature extraction in his PhD thesis.
But it is the mention of the uncanny valley that has me intrigued. Could it be that module 3 will be the first modular, voltage-controlled version of Vocaloid Are the “objectionable secret functions” an imitation of coprolalic Tourette’s Syndrome