Interface

  • Google's Magenta project has unveiled a hardware interface for an algorithm-based synthesizer that uses a deep neural network to generate completely new sounds. Musicians drag a finger around the NSynth Super's touchscreen to explore the unique sounds offered up by the machine learning algorithm.​
  • The Fingersound ring developed by researchers at Georgia Tech features built-in microphones and gyroscopes that allow the wearer to discreetly give commands or input data to connected devices by tracing lines and characters on their fingers with their thumb.
  • As many of us know from personal experience, accessing a smartphone's touchscreen can be difficult when your hands are full. That's why scientists have developed a hands-free system that lets you control a phone via facial gestures – and those gestures are detected in your ear.
  • ​IK Multimedia has updated its all-in-one audio and MIDI interface from 2013, giving the iRig Pro I/O volume control for headphone monitoring, MIDI thru for flexible routing options and the ability to charge connected devices.​
  • Brooklyn-based instrument maker Landscape is bringing players closer to the action by essentially turning them into human patch cables. Instead of using a cable to patch between different modules on a rack, the AllFlesh jack is plugged in and the performer's touch bridges the gap.
  • If you've ever sat down to a dish of Jell-O and wished that it was a touch-screen control , Carnegie Mellon University has got your back with a technology called Electrick that turns almost any surface, including the gelatin dessert, into an interactive control using a can of spray paint.
  • We've recently seen attempts at extending smartwatch user interfaces off of the screen, and onto the wearer's body. One of the latest, known as WatchSense, allows users to control a mobile device by moving the fingers of one hand on and above the back of the other.​
  • To try and make up for dehumanizing modern music by creating the LM1 drum machine in the 1980s, Roger Linn developed the an expressive interface called the LinnStrument. Now the electronic instrument designer has created a smaller and more affordable version called the LinnStrument 128.​
  • ​French startup Joué has revealed a new digital interface which appears to offer the kind of expressive playing found in the Seaboard Rise, but can also be used as a MIDI controller, beat-maker, DJ mixing console and more – just by swapping out colorful modules.
  • Instrument interface pioneers IK Multimedia have announced a replacement for 2013's iRig HD. The iRig HD 2 digital guitar/bass interface for iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC boasts improved sound quality, more ins and outs, and a wet/dry signal switch.
  • ​Tascam has released two USB interfaces designed to help podcasters focus on the content rather than complicated equipment. The Ministudio series is made up of a Personal edition stocked with essential podcasting tools and a Creator edition that adds advanced audio and video production features.
  • Full-blown standing desks, desktop converters or something inbetween are all aimed at getting you off your butt for the benefit of your health. Researchers have designed a system to help make the most of this upright approach to working by using lower limb activity for computer interaction.