Reader Geert Bevin let us know about a new application his company Uwyn is working on, GestureControl for the Leap Motion Controller.
The Leap Motion is an extremely precise USB motion sensor that’s expected to be released in May, priced at $80.
GestureControl has been designed for live performance and it operates at extremely low latency, while requiring very little resources on your computer. It can thus perfectly run alongside any MIDI capable software.
In this demo, Bevin demonstrates some of the configuration capabilities while using Native Instrument’s Razor synth in Reaktor.
- 40 different control streams with both hands
- any control stream can be mapped to MIDI CC and Pitchbend messages on 16 different channels
- instantly switch between related control streams by opening or closing your hands
- carefully designed GUI for an immediate overview of the active MIDI mappings
- real-time low-latency visual feedback of your hand movements and MIDI data
- integrated virtual MIDI port on MacOSX
- connects to any known MIDI output port on your computer
- fully customisable user interface (colours, graphical elements)
- flexible document management that can be loaded while performing gestures
- high performance and near-zero latency engine with virtually no CPU impact when the real-time visualisations are hidden
- MIDI decimation setting to allow integration with legacy hardware that has limited MIDI bandwidth
Pricing and Availability
The currently planned introduction price will be $9.99 and it will be available with the Leap Motion launch on May 13. See the Uwyn site for details.
GestureControl plus the Leap Motion hardware look like they will offer a powerful gestural MIDI control platform for under $100.