The Glove That Makes Music
The twitching of your fingers or a sweeping motion of your arm can produce a musical masterpiece. All you have to do is wear this glove.
This is the GePS – the Gesture-based Performance System and Cedric Spindler and Frederic Robinson are the Swedish designers behind it. Using a few sensors and radio signals, the glove and software transform movement into music. When you move your fingers and your hand into different positions, the glove sends the gesture-data to your laptop. Using software, the different movements are then analysed and translated into sounds.
There’s a lot of science and research on the product. Here’s what the designers have to say about how
the GePS works: “We use gestures with strong physical associations as control metaphors, which are then mapped to sound modules specifically designed to represent these associations sonically.”
Surprisingly, it’s not an unobtainable product which demands tens of thousands of pounds. It just asks for some D.I.Y. Yes, you have to make it yourself. The shopping list includes various wires, cables and of course a glove. You’ll need a small host of tools too; notably a soldering iron and a sewing needle. And once you’ve made your musical glove, you just need to download the software.
The full checklist for what you need to get going, and the linksfor the software download, are available here.