Ok, this is going to make your mind AND your fingers dance with excitement! A new use of technology that seems like it could drastically change how we interact with our environments: the Mogee. Simply a microphone connected to a computer, by affixing the devise to nearly any surface you can turn it into a gesture based touch interface! Here a tree, a glass window, even an inflated balloon are used to play some pretty catchy electronic rhythms using simple hand gestures. Amazing.
Mogees are being developed by Bruno Zamborlin out of Paris and London. In a nutshell, he says the devise works by recognizing the various sounds associated with different touches, then associating those with different pre-programed sounds. In the video below he uses two techniques, physic modeling, which consists of generating the sound by simulating physical laws; and concatenative synthesis (audio mosaicing), in which the sound of the contact microphone is associated with its closest frame present in a sound database.
Applications for this technology are really exciting. We could literally have inexpensive touch interfaces all around us at our fingertips. It could change many of the ways we create music, beats or DJ a concert. It could let us interact with a smart metro stop, allowing us to share with the dispatch center how many passengers are planning to ride and where they are going. Without needing to install an expensive array of our current touch screens, a simple microphone based system could easily be deployed to assist in emergency situations… you only need a surface, and those seem pretty easy to find. Explore the exciting device in more detail at brunozamborlin.com.