Leap Motion AirHarp

The touchscreen instrument you don't touch      11/12/12

We've been keeping an eye on the Leap Motion - a high resolution positional device which tracks your finger(s) and translates the movement in 3d space into multi-touch input on the computer. Up until now, the demos have been mostly showing art or image manipulation, pinch, twist etc.

This one, the AirHarp - is more musical - the result of "a weekend hacking session with a Leap Motion dev board" by Adam Somers who has interfaced the Leap Motion with his own C++ based audio processing kit - MusKit.

Adam has made the source code available here http://github.com/adamsomers.

One thing is clear, though while the Leap Motion does make for a responsive interface, it looks about as hard to play in this form as a polyphonic Theremin. Personally, I suspect that as soon as  the Leap Motion becomes available, we'll see a lot more musical applications.

The Leap Motion can be pre-ordered now, with projected shipping of early 2013.


For more information visit:
http://adamsomers.com/airharp
http://leapmotion.com

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