Device Turns Touches Into Sounds
Bored at the bus stop? Check out Mogees, which turns any hard surface, including a bus stop wall, into a touch-sensitive musical instrument. The user simply sticks a Mogees-enabled contact microphone onto a surface and starts tapping, rubbing or scratching the surface to create a variety of sounds:
Mogees analyzes the audio signals that the contact microphone picks up, then finds each signal's closest matching segment in a sound database, explained one of the Mogees' developers, Bruno Zamborlin, in another YouTube video. Mogees then plays the matching database sounds, turning players swipes and taps into corresponding drumbeats, bell jingles or marimba tones. Zamborlin, a doctoral student in arts and computational technologies at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the University of London, worked with Norbert Schnell, a researcher and developer at the Centre Pompidou, to create Mogees.
A user could upload any set of sounds into the Mogee, Zamborlin wrote. Load in voice samples, and a brush of the fingertips could turn into whispers, while scratching could come out as shouts.
Seems that impatient tapping and fidgeting might soon sound a little sweeter.
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