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TENORI ON

Media artist Toshio Iwai and Yamaha have collaborated to design a new digital musical instrument, TENORI-ON. A 16×16 matrix of LED switches allows everyone to play music intuitively, creating a “visible music” interface. The TENORI-ON 16 x 16 LED button matrix is simultaneously a performance input controller and display. By operating and interacting with the LED buttons and the light they produce you gain access to the TENORI-ON’s numerous performance capabilities. The TENORI-ON provides six different performance and sound/light modes for broad performance versatility, and these modes can be combined and used simultaneously for rich, complex musical expression.

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MONOME

Adaptable, minimalist interfaces. Three models: two fifty six (16×16), one twenty eight (16×8), and sixty four (8×8). Each is a reconfigurable grid of back lit keypads which connects to a computer. Interaction between the keys and lights is determined by the application running on the computer. Applications: live sample cutters, math simulations, drum machines, generative controllers, tonal maps, games, visualizations. We make available all sources to encourage community contribution and enthusiasm. we share and thrive.

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KORG KAOSS PAD

Korg’s KAOSS technology has been embraced by DJs, musicians and producers alike. No other interface is as intuitive, immediate or just plain fun to use. By simply touching, tapping or sliding your finger over the touchpad, the KP3 allows you to control multiple effects parameters and manipulate samples in real time. On stage or in the studio, these gestures and moves can become powerful and expressive performance elements. More than a processor, the KP3 is a complete instrument allowing you to manage, recall, and play back samples; sample on the fly; and add dynamic processing to any audio signal or to the samples themselves. KP3 has 128 all-new effects raning from traditional effects such as delays, flangers and reverbs, to exciting new effects, like grain shifter, decimator, analog style filter with a tone-bending drive circuit and EQs controllable directly from the pad.
The new pad lighting system provides visual cues for the current program, held position, and more – it can even scroll a custom message! This interface offers a whole new level of interaction with the operator.

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New patent filing by Apple Computer for a touch sensitive digital media player is the most comprehensive to date, intertwining several previous filings in describing iPod-like devices with touch sensitive bezels, displays and sensors for determining orientation. 2006

[…] One or more sensors can include ambient light sensors for detecting the level of ambient light around the device. Preferably, two ambient light sensors would be employed for redundancy. “Based on the level of ambient light detected, the electronic device can automatically adjust the contrast and/or brightness of the display accordingly,” Apple said. “In yet another embodiment, the one or more sensors can include a motion sensor, such as a passive pyroelectric sensor. The motion sensor can be used to detect motion of the electronic device from a stationary state so that the device can ‘wake up’ or can show previously hidden visual guides on the display in response to being moved.”

Apple's Touch Screen Patent

According to the filing, a rectangular device and can be oriented in either a “portrait” or a “landscape” mode, where it could display a picture or other content in either orientation. In some circumstances, the orientation of what is displayed may not match how the device is currently orientated, but the user may rotate or changes the orientation to correct the issue.

“Depending then on the desired or required orientation for particular content to be shown on the display, the electronic device can alter the designation of the areas for the user controls and the location of visual guides according to the ‘portrait’ or ‘landscape’ orientations,” Apple explained. “In other words, when the device is preparing to display particular content, the electronic device can determine the particular orientation for that content. Then, when the device switches to show that new content on the display, the electronic device alters the designation of the areas for the user controls and the location of visual guides if the orientation of the newly displayed content is different from that previously displayed. Thus, the user can naturally rotate the device to better view the newly displayed content in its preferred orientation, and the visual guides and designated areas will be already matched to the content’s orientation.”

The devices processing circuitry could also store information tracking how long touch data has occurred on portions of a touch sensitive bezel and/or how many adjacent, designated areas have had repeated touch data, according to the filing. “Then, after a predefined time limit, the processing circuitry can begin to ignore that consistent touch data in the portion of the bezel when determining what user controls the user is implicating. Furthermore, the processing circuitry can designated new locations for areas of the bezel for user controls that are part of the ignored portion of the bezel.”

“For example,” Apple said, “the touch sensitive bezel can be used to sense touch gestures, such as touch and drag operations, made by the user. Using the touch gestures, a user can perform a number of user controls, such as move portions of an image that are being displayed, move a cursor to drop and drag visual elements displayed scroll up and down through a screen, skip through images in an album or series of images, adjust the setting or value of a user control, or perform similar operations.”

Apple's Touch Screen Patent

In addition, because the touch sensitive bezel can also be configured to detect force, the pressure that a user applies to a designated area of the bezel can also be used to determine the amount, extent, or level of a setting, adjustment, or value of a user control,” the company said.

Furthermore, Apple said the touch sensitive bezel can be used to obtain touch data corresponding to multiple user controls simultaneously: “For example, the user controls of the bezel can be configured so that one side of the bezel controls brightness with a touch and drag motion by the user, while the other side of the bezel controls contrast with a touch and drag motion by the user. Thus, using both of these sides of the bezel, the user can simultaneously adjust both the contrast and the brightness of the display using touch and drag motions on the sides of the bezel.”

Apple's Touch Screen Patent
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CORIAN SQUARE CD PLAYER

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Square cd is a minimal cd player. It can be hanged on the wall like a flat screen and when is turned off it appears just like a white corian square on the wall. Once the cd is turned on, a light create the interface and a back light diffuse a soft illumination all around the square. The interface, created with light, and works like a sensible skin wich can read the pressure in the sensitive spot whitout button. The corian surface works also as a speaker tanks to the smart material technologies. A little “magnet”, as the one produced by Feonic®, connected to the corian surface, transform all the surface in a speaker.

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LIGHT SIGNAGE /

COPENHAGEN DSB Light panel showing the train direction, the following/ past stops and the actual train position between 2 stops.

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PARIS METRO Les plans indicateurs lumineux d’itinéraires, PILI. Lit up physical travel planner, from the 50’s.

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