Anindya Nahar Habib
If you are every now and then tapping your hand on your desk or on your way home in the bus then a high-tech glove could be the gadget to help you turn the tunes inside you into music. Which you can record by the way!
Remidi T8 wearable instrument. This is what the glove is being called. Which is equipped with pressure-sensitive sensors along the fingertips and palm. As a user mover his or her hand, the wristband of the glove controls the amalgamation of sounds from each sensor are translated. Kickstarter announced a project to produce the glove. Though it is not available yet on the market but it will be hopefully soon.
The glove aims to become a intuitive helper for musicians, music lovers and Disc jockeys to use. The users of the glove will open a new door in terms of composing music, playing and performing on the go, said Mark DeMay, co-founder and he is the CTO (chief technology Officeer) at Remidi. This could be seen as a wearable MIDI controller, DeMay said, making reference to the music synthesizers used in the recording studios that let producers tweak vocals, adjust tempos and most importantly combine tracks. This glove is though very much more user friendly than the huge synthesizer machines. One can even personalize it to create new, custom sounds or remix existing ones. The user can program it by his or herself.
“We wanted to give a rather easy and joyful option for the music lovers out there to express themselves. With this they can start exploring the boundaries of what we are capable of doing with music right now” DeMay expressed his thoughts.
The idea for an wearable music instrument came to existence when Andrea Baldereschi (The founder and CEO of Remidi) and Demay met. They were working at Livid Instruments. Livid Instruments designs MIDI controllers and mixers for the djs. Musicians every now and then forget the new melodies created inside their brain before they could get their hands to recording the music. So Baldereschi thought of inventing a new way of record riffs on the go. Which won’t limit one to working between four walls with heavy, large digital music equipments.
“The world has somewhat came to a halt when working with the MIDI controllers,” DeMay said. “They all do the similar thing. Their buttons just get rearranged in different models. He said. “The T8 glove is entirely a different invention.”
One could start jamming on any surface — a desk, wall, benches on a park, window, even on their own body. The data then can be sent to Remidi app. DeMay said. The T8 produces various sound intensities and rhythms based on which of its eight sensors one presses, in what combinations it gets pressed, and the pressure and duration it gets pressed down on each point. And a small spinning gyroscope and accelerometer in the glove’s wristband calculates how fast your hand moves in any direction. That adjusts the tempo and tone of the music you create in real-time. The glove is reportedly very adaptable. A prototype of the glove won a couple of awards for its features and design.
Remidi’s Kickstarter campaign raised more than $130,000 — whereas their goal was initially to raise $50,000! A T8 can be purchased for $349 through the company’s pre-sale until September, DeMay said. After that, Remidi plans to sell the T8 for $399.