May 5, 2014

Cornell Student Team Debuts Musical Gloves at Concert

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By DAVE JANECZEK

A pair of gloves that allow the wearer to play any virtual musical instrument and manipulate sound by tracking a musician’s hands made its debut at Bailey Hall Saturday in a joint concert with the Cornell Chamber Orchestra.

The SoundSpace technology — developed by a team headed by Ray Li ’14 and Michael Ndubuisi ’14 — uses electromagnetic sensors to track the exact position of the gloves in space, Ndubuisi said.

According to Li, the motion of the musician’s hands can trigger prepared loops of sound, play different musical notes and add musical effects.

Ray Li ’14 demonstrates SoundSpace — a glove interface that uses motion-tracking to create sound — at Bailey Hall Saturday. SEYOUN KIM / Sun Staff Photographer

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