Final Project – Kinecontrol Modular Music
Maggie Burke – Fabrication, LightBlue programming, performer
Daniel Hua – Android programmer extraordinaire, camera man
The Kinecontrol is a modular music device intended for use in dance and other live performance. The performer wears an Android phone in a standard mic belt used for theatre, and between one and four bands containing a LightBlue Bean around their wrists and ankles. The Kinecontrol uses the accelerometer and gyroscope built into the phone, and the accelerometer built in to the LightBlue Bean to control music in MAX/MSP. Unlike similar music control systems for dance the Kinecontrol is entirely wireless, can be scaled for a larger or smaller number of controllers, and uses devices performance companies either already own, or can easily obtain for under $35.
The Kinecontrol wrist and ankle bands each contain a LightBlue Bean that communicates its accelerometer data to the Android phone worn around the waist. The Android phone then communicates strings of data from its own and the Bluetooth accessory accelerometers to the computer running MAX/MSP over Open Sound Control (OSC) wireless protocol. Daniel Hua created the custom app that runs on the Android phone to manage accelerometer data.
Wristbands also fit ankles
Wristband outside with LightBlue Bean