Imagine playing electronic music using simple hand gestures like a twist of the hand or a flick of your wrist! Do you find it impossible to believe? Well, now this impossible situation is soon going to be possible, thanks to wearable technology. Mi.Mu, a wearable tech company owned by Imogen Heap, an English singer-songwriter and composer, is working towards a future where you can play music wearing innovative gloves. No buttons or sliders will be needed for music-making.
How can the Wearable Gloves Help?
It might be difficult to see a musician physically perform in an electronic music show but with these gloves, music-making will be more visible. In fact, it will become more emotional for the audience. The person, who is wearing the glove, will be able to make a fist, point a finger or move their hand up or down, left to right. With each gesture the wearers make, a different instruction is sent to the music software. Depending on the gestures the wearer can make, they can get an infinite utility.
In an interview with Dezeen, Heap said, “I wanted to find a way to be really expressive in using these software instruments and effects that feel like how I feel they should be played and how I feel that represents the sound that’s coming out of the speakers. So in order to free myself up on the stage from my various bits of technology and to bridge the gap between what’s going on on-stage and the audience.” She added, “I wanted to create something where I could manipulate my computer on the move wirelessly so that music becomes more like a dance rather than a robotic act like pressing a button or moving a fader.”
Heap has created a song called “Me and the Machine” to demonstrate the power of these gloves. The song was composed using the wearable gloves.
Commercial purchase is yet to be available for the Mi.Mu Gloves.
Possibilities of the Gloves
Since the hardware and software are open-source, there can be many possibilities of the gloves, and not just be limited to making music. One of the possibilities, as Heap suggests is translation of sign language. Another can be in a self-driving car. Basically any technology which can be manipulated by remote can also be influenced by wearable technology.
According to Heap, by becoming an organic part of the music-making process, the device proves to be strong. She said “When you see me play, not maybe every time because maybe it goes wrong or I go wrong, but when it works, when it’s effortless and when your movement is part of the music, it’s almost like a dance. It’s so natural that the tech disappears.”
Would you like to give it a try, once available in the commercial market? What other applications of wearable tech do you like? We would love to hear your views.