Category Archives: Week 12

Final Proposal

For  my finals, I want to redo my mid-term project, since it wasn’t working quite well. I want to do a mechanical butterfly, and am inspired by this jeweler, Dukno Yoon’s work. I want to borrow the mechanical aspects of it and have it motorized.


I believe machines should adapt to humans, instead humans adapting to machines. Based on this perspective, I am designing a MIDI glove, that activates a range of sounds by tapping on different color surfaces.



Normally, people have to learn the instruments for a while, before they play them. Such as piano, the players have to remember the locations of the keys. For guitar, it will be more complicated. There’re 6 strings and more than 19 frets on a guitar. For generating pitches, the players have to use the fingers in their left hands to press the strings in different fret, and use the fingers in their right hands to clip the strings.



Is the learning necessary?

How to make the instruments adapt to the players, instead the players adapting to them?

What’s the most natural and direct way for playing music?



I will put sensors in the glove. Wearing it, the player can naturally tap his/her fingers on anywhere to create the sounds. It’s much easier than playing piano or guitar. There’s only one glove for the left hand. As only 5 fingers in one hand, are there only 5 pitches?

Definitely not. When tapping on another surface with a different color, the glove can generate another 5 pitches. The signals generated by tapping, will be transmitted to GarageBand ( music software) to generate sounds.

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Download the presentation here,