Customizable Sensate Surface for Music Control

Imagine the ability to add control capabilities such as touch, sliding, pressure cheaply on top of your music instrument as a functional decoration. Here, we present a music control sensate surface, which enables integration between any musical instruments with a versatile, customizable, and essentially cost-effective user interface. This sensate surface is based on conductive inkjet printing technology which allows capacitive sensor electrodes and connections between electronics components to be printed onto a large roll of flexible substrate that is unrestricted in length. With this sensate surface, users can “cut” out their desired shapes, “paste” the number of inputs, and customize their controller interface, which can then send signals wirelessly to effects or software synthesizers.


A Customizable Sensate Surface for Music Control, NIME 21 - 13 May 2012 PDF

Principle Investigator: Joseph Paradiso

Research Group: Responsive Environments group at the MIT Media Lab

Research Assistants: Nan-Wei Gong, Nan Zhao