Electronic artist collective Machina has announced the MIDI Jacket – a wearable MIDI controller, being developed as a Kickstarter project.
The MIDI Jacket MJ v01 is designed to control digital music instruments, computers, and other devices. It allows users to control and make music kinetically (through body movements), through body sensors, and by detecting your acceleration and flexion.
The MIDI Jacket has multiple built-in controllers:
- Four flexible sensors which can detect your finger’s position
- One accelerometer which can detect your arm’s acceleration
- A joystick
- 4 push buttons
All of these sensors and buttons can be configured by the user, but they come with presets and initial configurations. While the sensors are there, the jacket looks like a regular jacket, and can be worn under normal conditions.
Machine is also developing a VST that the jacket can be connected to Ableton Live wirelessly. Along with this, they are developing a mobile application for iOS and Android that will allow users to interact with the jacket in a simple way.
Features are expected to include:
- Sound Capturing/Usage
- By recording in the cell phone/Tablet
- Pressing a key and recording a sound
- Configurable pad to match the sensores
- Key Mapping
- Define which keys go with which sounds
- Define which keys add an effect
- Define if the keys are used as buttons, sensors, if they’re pressure sensitive, etc.
- Define the threshold to trigger actions
Pricing for the MIDI jacket is $285 for project supporters.
Note: The MIDI Jacket is being developed as a Kickstarter project, which means that that supporters participate in the project’s risks and benefits. See the project site for details.