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Wave Your Hands to Play This Tiny Keyboard

'Keys' melds a MIDI keyboard with motion sensors to create a new kind of instrument.

by Beckett Mufson
Mar 5 2015, 11:00pm

LEDs, app design, and gesture control interfaces collide in a new MIDI keyboard called Keys from instrument design group Opho. Having already developed the smartphone-enabled gTar to teach beginners how to strum, Keys' is first and foremost a tool for beginning piano players, complete with a Guitar Hero-like companion app. The gesture-controlled sensors embedded above the keys make things more interesting. Their demo shows an artist waving his hands over the Keys to control a drop, and the input can be completely customized to a DJ's body whims. This puts a theremin-like control in one easy to use, portable instrument.

Visit the Keys website for more information, or to preorder your own set.

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