The VJacket – A Wearable DJ & VJ Controller

Bored with the usual MIDIcontrollers?

The VJacket is a wearable controller for live video performance. Built into an old bomber jacket are all kinds of sensors to control visuals on the screen: hit sensors, light sensors, bend sensors and touch sliders which allow you to control video effects and transitions, trigger clips and scratch frames all from the comfort of your own jacket. The VJ can use the very clothes on his body to control the video and sound ‘with a precise dance converting convulsing limbs into luscious light shows’.

Each sensor sends fully-customizable OpenSoundControl or MIDI messages wirelessly to any program, including other video or audio programs, such as Resolume Avenue, Arkaos Grand VJ, Reaktor, Propellerheads Reason, Supercollider, Max/MSP, etc. As a result, you can use the VJacket to not only control video, but sound and other networked interactive media as well.

All the code and hardware design is open source so others can make their own wearable controllers to contribute to the growing wave of ‘performative fashion’.

If you’re interested in creating your own VJacket or ‘performative fashion’ MIDI controller, check out the technical details at the VJacket site.

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