This is a must watch creative oddity that may be giving us a glimpse of what’s to come as more people experiment with creating more music and robotic type interfaces.
From fitness wristbands like Fitbit, to eyewear like Google Glass to the hands free, daily-life capturing cameras like Autographer, the concept of wearable tech is finally gaining ground in our tech hungry societies. You may not be using wearable tech yet, although holding a smartphone in the palm of your hand all day long comes pretty darn close, but chances are you will be incorporating a wearable device into your lifestyle in the very near future. Download and read this report from the folks at PSFK if you are curious to learn more about what’s on the horizon.
Using MIDI gloves paired up with a Leap Motion Controller and armed with a curious tech crew Japanese beatboxer Ryo Fujimoto is using his body to master the new digital arts by becoming a human interface.
Electrical signals radiate from the body of Ryo Fujimoto via the various sensors that are connected to his face, arms, and hands. These sensors track heart rate, muscle movement, and finger positions in real-time. The data is then converted directly into audio and visuals, thereby allowing the expressive unification of man and machine, and the birth of “Σ [SIGMA]“.
Imogen Heap explains the controller gloves that she’s developed to use as a human interface for her live performances in this newly released video from her presentation at a 2012 Wired Magazine event. The hybrid controller/instrument gloves are controlled via gestural user interface, hacked Xbox Kinect and Ableton. Via a series of learned gestures, she can loop, sample, control instruments, reverb, pitch and the like.
In the early 1980s, Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi and Sequential Circuits founder Dave Smith had a dream—a simple interface that would allow all electronic musical instruments to communicate with each other and with computers. To make this dream a reality, these pioneers brought together an unprecedented coalition of manufacturers from the United States and Japan, and soon the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or “MIDI,” was born. 30 years ago, the 1983 Winter NAMM Show hosted its landmark public unveiling, where Roland and Sequential Circuits demonstrated the first two MIDI-equipped synthesizers “talking” to each other via this new universal communication standard.