Wearable Technologies attract increasingly the attention of performing artists, recognizing the value wearable technology integration into stage outfit offers, adding a new dimension to their artistic performance.
The Sound Gloves designed and developed at the Aalto Media Factory’s Wearable Electronics course by Carmen Brecheis, Minna Holkkola, Chi-Hsia Lai demonstrate how wearable instruments like the Sound Gloves offer a new level of engagement and interaction between performing artists and the audience.
The team created 3 pairs of sound gloves representing musical instruments such as the Touch Sound Gloves, Castanet Gloves and Theremin Gloves.
The Sound Gloves are based on wearable tech components like LilyPad, Li-Po batteries and conductive threads. The interactive elements in the sound gloves are sensors such as piezos, accelerometer and ultrasonic range finder. As sound elements serve potentiometers, audio amplifier and thin speakers.
Check out the project page of the Sound Gloves – a excellent source for inspiration in wearable technology.
Besides the Sound Gloves the Wearable Electronics Course site has many more examples and projects hosted around performing art and wearable technology.
I love the combination of the artistic world which allows a high degree of creative freedom to explore and experiment with the new technological possibilities of wearable tech.
Envision it, do it, enjoy it.