Palm Sounds found this new Kickstarter to release the musical gloves used by Imogen Heap! This is supremely cool, especially for fans of Imogen's unique creative style, but holy shit is it expensive. £1,200($1,979) for a functional glove, or £420($693) for a non-functional totally-not-a-kit that they themselves claim, "cannot be constructed to build the Mi.Mu glove because it will still be missing the crucial x-OSC, battery, wires, wireless router, buzzer, LEDs etc."
At these prices, and their goal of £200,000, I don't expect this one to go very far.
Why Gloves for Music?
Most of us on our small team are musicians who are tired of being stuck behind computer screens, keyboards, faders, knobs, and buttons to make our music. We feel there could be a better way that is more like the experiences we have with traditional instruments: using the dexterity and mobility of the human body.
What Exactly Can the Gloves Do?
The gloves capture the movements and postures of your hands. Our software allows this information to be mapped to musical control messages which can then be easily routed to your favourite music software.Specifically, the gloves track the following:
- The orientation of your hand
- The “flex” of your fingers
- Your current hand posture (e.g. fist, open hand, one finger point)
- The direction (up, down, left, right, forwards, backwards) of your hand
- Sharp movements such as drum hits
This information is transmitted wirelessly to your computer, over WiFi.