Posts Tagged ‘Applications’

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Siftables Music Sequencer

February 17, 2009

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Imagine overturning a container of nuts and bolts, then looking through the resulting pile for a particular item. Or spreading photographs out on a tabletop and then beginning to sort them into piles. During these activities we interact with large numbers of small objects at the same time, and they utilize all of our fingers and both hands together.

We humans are skilled at using our hands in these ways, and can effortlessly sift and sort – focusing on our higher level goals rather than the items themselves.

Siftables aims to enable people to interact with information and media in physical, natural ways that approach interactions with physical objects in our everyday lives. As an interaction platform, Siftables applies technology and methodology from wireless sensor networks to tangible user interfaces. Siftables are independent, compact devices with sensing, graphical display, and wireless communication capabilities. They can be physically manipulated as a group to interact with digital information and media. Siftables can be used to implement any number of gestural interaction languages and HCI applications.

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Adaptable, minimalist interface: Monome

February 4, 2009

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Adaptable, minimalist interfaces

256 buttons on it lined up in rows. an Apple laptop, a mixer thing and DJ Daedelus himself.

Daedelusis a flagship user for the Monome, a small MIDI device designed by engineers Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain, that’s connected via USB cable to a MacBook running a Cycling ’74 Max/MSP software program with the OSC protocol. The setup allows him to chop up dozens of tracks from his decade-long discography, remixing them into a furiously imaginative set.

The Monome

Three models: two fifty six (16×16), one twenty eight (16×8), and sixty four (8×8).

Each is a reconfigurable grid of backlit keypads which connects to a computer. interaction between the keys and lights is determined by the application running on the computer. there is no hard-wired functionality.

This new series evolved from the 40h which began as an interface for our own music performance and art practice. we also make available a kit version which allows users to create their own 40h-like devices.

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Applications

Live sample cutters, math simulations, drum machines, generative controllers, tonal maps, games, visualizations. browse here. we make available all sources to encourage community contribution and enthusiasm. We share and thrive.

specifications

model two fifty six
elements 16 by 16 (256 total)
dimensions 10.75 by 10.75 by 1.5 inches
materials 6061 anodized aluminum, translucent silicone, conductive silicone, hand-crafted black walnut, lead-free components and circuit boards
interface usb 2.0
power external power supply (included, rated international)
platforms os x, windows xp, linux
model one twenty eight
elements 16 by 8 (128 total)
dimensions 10.75 by 6.00 by 1.5 inches
materials 6061 anodized aluminum, translucent silicone, conductive silicone, hand-crafted black walnut, lead-free components and circuit boards
interface usb 2.0
power external power supply (included, rated international)
platforms os x, windows xp, linux
model sixty four
elements 8 by 8 (64 total)
dimensions 6.00 by 6.0 by 1.5 inches
materials 6061 anodized aluminum, translucent silicone, conductive silicone, hand-crafted black walnut, lead-free components and circuit boards
interface usb 2.0
power bus powered
platforms os x, windows xp, linux