The Magical Musical Gloves are coming to take you away
We love it when we stumble across something that reminds us that we are indeed living in the future, and it’s a double-pleasure when that something happens to be music-related. Curious? Drum roll, please....... Gloves that create music out of thin air! Say what?! Yes, seriously. Musician Imogene Heap has been collaborating with a team at the University of West England for the past 2 years to develop these (quite possibly) magic gloves, which are able to capture the movements of a musician’s hands and translate those movements into music.
Presented at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland, these gloves are equipped with accelerometers, gyroscopes, and wireless mics, along with several other types of sensors, which record the movements of the hands wearing them. This data is sent to a computer which synthesizes it all and turns it into a piece of music. Certain movements of the hands will increase or decrease volume, others filter the various sounds that are being created. With a flick of the wrist (actually by opening the hand) a sound loop can be made to create a melody or harmony or backbeat; put it all together, and you’ve got a song created by magic music gloves.
Imogene Heap imagines a day when she can walk on stage with nothing but the gloves and perform an entire 60 to 90 minute set, and that day may not be that far off. There are still some improvements to be made, such as adding a wider variety of instruments to the gloves’ repertoire which would allow multiple musicians to perform together using their own magic music gloves. Personally, we can’t wait to get our own set of magic music gloves, because we’re pretty sure it will greatly improve the quality of our air guitar playing.<< Back to Articles