Can’t afford to drop $150 on a Kinect so that you can experiment with gestural music control?
How about $.99?
Dustin O’Connor’s Eye Synth OSC is a $.99 Mac app, available in the App Store, that lets you use an i-sight or web camera to make music based on motion.
Eye Synth OSC splits your camera up into 8 individual sections. You specify which section corresponds to the notes you want. It comes with a built-in synth.
Eye Synth OSC also transmits the notes, via Open Sound Control protocol, so that you can use Eye Synth with any music application that supports OSC.
Check out the video demo for an example of Eye Synth OSC in action.
This looks like it shares the limitations of low resolution and higher latency of the Kinect. But if it doesn’t do what you need, at least you’re only out $.99.
If you’ve tried Eye Synth OSC, share your thoughts in the comments!