The MJ v1.0 is a jacket that comes with discrete controllers and sensors that allow the user to create music through gestures alone. (VIDEO)
As the Internet of things and systems such as the MaKey MaKey bring everyday objects into the digital realm, one of the most promising innovations so far may be wearable technology. The first product to be created by California-based startup Machina, the MJ v1.0 is a jacket that comes with discrete controllers and sensors that allow the user to create music through gestures alone.
The jacket contains four flexible sensors that detect the user’s finger positions, an accelerometer to identify arm movement, a joystick and four buttons. The sensors can be wirelessly connected to a computer or mobile device and – in the first iteration of the product – are optimized to work with MIDI controllers that are used in music production. Users can set which functions the components correspond to – for example, lifting the arm may raise the volume or change the pitch of the sound, while the buttons could be programmed to make drum sounds or to loop a section of the music.