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Brief Published: 12 Apr 2013

Gesture-Controlled Musical Jacket


Global wearable tech startup Machina has developed a jacket that allows the wearer to compose music through gestures alone.

The Midi Controller Jacket contains four flexible sensors to detect users’ finger positions, an accelerometer to measure arm movement, a joystick and four push buttons, which work together to enable the wearer to make music on the move.

The discreet sensors can be wirelessly connected to a computer or mobile device, allowing the wearer to record musical notes and store compositions in soft copy. An accompanying iPhone and Android app is currently in development.

Having raised more than $75,000 on crowd-funding website Kickstarter, the first Midi Controller Jackets are expected to ship in November after final tests for durability and user comfort.

While the jacket has been designed to produce music, the technology could be adapted to produce any kind of digital output. The Machina team is currently creating a ‘hackstore’ for users to customise their jackets with their own programs and sensors.

The Midi Controller extends the uses of wearable technology to creating and composing content, showing the potential for future growth. For more on how the body is becoming the next user interface, take a look at our coverage of this year’s South by Southwest Interactive festival and Wearable Tech: Business Opportunity.