Sony has just launched a crowdfunding campaign for the prototype of a new kind of bracelet. The Motion Sonic allows to generate sound effects by gestures while playing music.
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Sony chose the crowdfunding to finance the development of a bracelet motion detector intended for musicians. Still at the prototype stage, the Motion Sonic identifies different gestures to create sound effects while the wearer plays an instrument. The device consists of a small electronic capsule, which is placed in one of the two bracelets provided and is door on the back of the hand or around the wrist.
The bracelet motion capture of the hand and translates them into commands via a application on iPhone or iPad. The user can choose the effects associated with the gestures and modify the pitch, distortion, reverb, delay, panning, gain and noise. The iPhone is then connected to the musical instrument via an audio interface.
Sony shows the use of the Motion Sonic with different instruments. © Sony
Delivery scheduled for March 2022
The device connects via Bluetooth, but is currently only compatible with iOS devices, Android being explicitly excluded. Sony announces an autonomy of two and a half hours, which increases to six hours by switching off the light integrated. The bracelets are designed to fit different sizes of hands and also fit well left-handed people and right-handed people.
The Motion Sonic is offered on the website of crowdfunding Indiegogo at the reduced price of 23,900 yen, or 178 euros for the first 400 bracelets, then at the price of 27,200 yen, or 203 euros. However, the device is only offered for Japan and United States. Sony expects the delivery of the first copies from March 2022.
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