Music is a universal language. You don’t have to be able to speak the same tongue to acknowledge that you enjoy the same song. That’s why so many people enjoy creating music! However, there is a bit of a curve with learning a new instrument, and if you have no formal training it can be quite difficult.
The Mi.Mu Glove is hoping to make music into something that is tactile, so you can create it through motion rather than through an instrument you may not understand how to play. This is a gestural music system that has been in development for four years with and for Imogen Heap. For computer-based musicians, making music is often tied to clicking buttons and staring at a monitor. This system will allow movement and the human body to act as an instrument, adding tactile experience back into music that is lost when the instrument has been removed.
The glove will be able to capture posture and movement of your hand, flex of your fingers, direction, and sharp movements. Originally this whole setup had to be wired to multiple computers, and cost around $168,000 to make. Now it’s available in a kit, or fully finished glove for anywhere from $1050-1660. It will work with MIDI, but much of what it can do will be up to the imagination of the user. If you have a creative mind that yearns to connect with music on a different level, and have the money to support it, this is one amazing piece of technology. The fact that you can toss the glove in the wash (after removing the technological bits) is just an added bonus. Of course, this can also be used to communicate sign language into sound, be used for video games, and more as it’s all open source.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter