We have written several times before on new tech in music, everything from AI powered instruments to innovative new gear. The new SOMI-1 from Instrument of Things is no exception as it truly merges movement and sound in an intuitive way.
SOMI-1 is a highly precise sensor technology that provides performers, musicians and creators the opportunity of making music via movements. It consists of Bluetooth motion sensors, a receiver hub and a smartphone app (as possible sound source). The sensors can be worn as wearables on the wrists and ankles, turning the user into an instrument.
The SOMI-1 motion sensors measure movements and accelerations in different directions and transform them into sound in real-time. The motion data of the SOMI-1 sensors is received wirelessly via Bluetooth 5 by the SOMI-1 hub, that connects to your sound source via USB or TRS-MIDI (e.g. your phone).
SOMI-1 can be used as a common MIDI controller with compatible software or hardware.
• 8 different movement parameters per sensor
• Up to 6 sensors simultaneously
• Easy usage, no need of musical or technical pre-knowledge
• Smartphone app as sound source
• Connectivity to music software & hardware as sound source
• Hub with MIDI interface (USB & TRS) wireless via Bluetooth® 5
The SOMI-1 is offered in kits of two to six sensors on Kickstarter, with the campaign having launched on the 19th September. Instrument of Things has set the funding goal for the SOMI-1 campaign at €50,000. The lowest tier package that includes a full kit is set at €379, which is 43% off the retail price of €669.
Amalie Stitz from One Week Dance Company by Lene Bonde
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