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Airheads Let You Make Music in the Air

by Paul Strauss

These new devices let you create music by waving your hands in the air. The sensor sticks can detect the position and velocity of your hands as they move in front of them.

Airheads Midi Controller

Airheads work as a standard MIDI controller, you can connect them to most synthesizers or even a drum machine, so you can play some serious air drums. (Assuming you don’t mind gesticulating wildly when you’re playing your tunes.)

Airheads Midi Controller

Each Airheads controller uses an array of LEDs paired up with infrared sensors to work its auditory magic.

Flickr Video

A starter kit (soldering and assembly required), including a single Airheads controller and all necessary parts and cables is available from MakerSHED for $99.95 (USD). You can check out more videos of Airheads in action over on Flickr.




Comments (5):

  1. There’s a movie about air-drummers called “Adventures of Power,” you should check it out… http://www.adventuresofpower.com

  2. manchicken says:

    Neat. I wonder if anybody is actually using something like this for any actual musical purpose… this guy looks like he’s just demonstrating it.

  3. John says:

    Here is the link to the Demo of the airheads at the Austin 2008 Makers Faire its also shows allot of cools things people had made there, ,

    http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/11/maker_faire_austin_2008_m.html

    These airheads won a Editors Choice Blue Ribbon in Austin and 1st place in the Chicago Makers Fair of October 2008, at the Museum Science Industry. Enjoy

  4. Amrit Ray says:

    Wouldn’t it be better to learn the real thing instead of learning to wave your hands at the right velocity? Why would you need it?

    • John says:

      It is a new type of instrument, You still have to learn how to play it and you have to have some musical talent. just as you do a violin guitar or drums.

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