Physical controls attached to an LCD screen

22 Jul 2008 - 2:25pm
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Fred Beecher
2006

I stumbled across this while browsing for interesting new music gear...
http://girtonlabs.googlepages.com/sensesurface (look at the movie down the
page, not at the top. ick.)

The basic idea is that you've got a bunch of physical controls, at this
point knobs, that attach to an LCD screen magnetically. (There is a magnetic
overlay that is attached behind the screen.) You place the knobs on the
screen, and the system senses their position and somehow sends that
information to a particular application.

This would be *amazing* for digital music (and probably other media)
production! To me, it seems like the possibilities for this kind of
interaction are near limitless. But the next step? Having the physical knobs
automatically reconfigure when you switch applications. : ) Sweet.

F.

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23 Jul 2008 - 6:52am
Paul Eisen
2007

> http://girtonlabs.googlepages.com/sensesurface

Thanks for pointing this out, Fred. Interesting technology. This type of input device certainly opens up some new possibilities.

Paul Eisen
Principal User Experience Architect
tandemseven

23 Jul 2008 - 2:55am
Kontra
2007

Fred Beecher <fbeecher at gmail.com> wrote:

> But the next step?

Apple has an old patent on another virtual/physical I/O concept:

http://www.macobserver.com/article/2006/11/16.5.shtml

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Kontra
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23 Jul 2008 - 7:56am
mirweis SANGIN
2008

I have been into electronic music production for 12 years now and
always had a geeky tendency to dig into new technologies applied to
digital music production. What I can say is that a really striking
amount of innovations have always occurred in this field and the
computer assisted music production industry can provide a big deal of
insightful food-for-thoughts when it comes to creative and innovative
ways of interacting with computers.

The senseTable reminds me another interesting project called
Reactable carried out by a team at the Pompeu Fabra University in
Barcelona. Reactable also mixes physical objects and projected
elements (Although the table metaphor is used in this case). It's
worth the look.

Another interesting project with a more arty appeal is the Manual
Imput Sessions combining custom interactive software, analog overhead
projectors and digital computer video projectors. The hand gestures
and transparency drawings are analysed by a software that in response
generates synthetic graphics and sounds, tightly coupled to the
performers actions.

Finally the very creative and forwardthinking firm JazzMutant have
long ago proposed multi-touch screen products that have nothing to
envy to the iPhone. It consist of a touchscreen musical interface
completely reconfigurable to suit every specific interaction needs of
the music producers and live-performers.

With regards to your concern about the next step:"physical knobs
automatically reconfigure when you switch applications". I may say
that musical devices already integrated motorized knobs and sliders
that can instantly reconfigure to fit presets or different
pre-programmed configurations. Considering the fact that innovations
are mainly about "re-configurating", "mixing" and "remixing"
existing technologies, I can say with a certain level of confidence
that conceptually, such affordance already exists and only needs to
be creatively implemented.

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24 Jul 2008 - 8:08am
Fred Beecher
2006

On Wed, 23 Jul 2008 06:56:13, mirweis SANGIN <mirweis at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
> Finally the very creative and forwardthinking firm JazzMutant have
> long ago proposed multi-touch screen products that have nothing to
> envy to the iPhone. It consist of a touchscreen musical interface
> completely reconfigurable to suit every specific interaction needs of
> the music producers and live-performers.

You can *buy* the Lemur now. : ) If you've got a spare $2k laying around,
heh.

With regards to your concern about the next step:"physical knobs
> automatically reconfigure when you switch applications". I may say
> that musical devices already integrated motorized knobs and sliders
> that can instantly reconfigure to fit presets or different
> pre-programmed configurations. Considering the fact that innovations
> are mainly about "re-configurating", "mixing" and "remixing"
> existing technologies, I can say with a certain level of confidence
> that conceptually, such affordance already exists and only needs to
> be creatively implemented.

Oh yes, I'm definitely aware of that. Used to have an 01v. : ) But back in
the days when motorized faders first came about, they used existing tech
like electric motors to make it happen. The tricky bit was the control
logic. In modern times, we've got the logic down, but we'd need completely
new tech to accomplish this physical/spatial reconfiguration. Like sci-fi
tech. : )

Random thought: You know what would be cool? A conference specifically
designed to bring IxDs and leading-edge engineers together to co-evolve our
practices... to let IxDs creativity run wild with the possibilities leading
edge tech can bring... to let engineers' creativity run wild with trying to
make the wacky stuff IxDs come up with actually happen...

Okay, back to the topic... One interesting auto-configuring product out
there is Novation's REmote SL, which (ostensibly, i've never physically
played with it) automatically reconfigures itself based on the
track/application that you select. The configuration isn't physical, but
still this solves a *huge* problem for electronic musicians and really helps
transform a computer from a business machine into an *instrument.* Very
cool.

http://www.novationmusic.com/products/midi_control/remote_sl/

F.

24 Jul 2008 - 1:31pm
ldebett
2004

dang, we TOTALLY could have used this when we were prototyping our automotive
headunit <http://www.bose.com/mediasystem>.

~Lisa

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