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Touchless Musical Apps

This Sensory iPhone App Translates Movement Into Music

— November 21, 2013 — Tech
The Theremin I/O app was developed by Johan Nordberg and Giosuè Russo.

This special app allows you to turn your iPhone camera into a touchless musical instrument. Incorporating your smartphone's camera and flash, Theremin I/O offers a completely new experience to generate musical melodies and sound. It functions by way of utilizing the camera to measure the density of light reflected off from your hand. The signal then passes onto the synthesizer, creating the musical tone. The Theremin has eight preset sounds that allows you to create a large range of sounds. For those of you who aren't Theremin natives, do not worry! The presence of a harmony quantizer scales the frequency to a solid musical note.

For professional Theremin users, you can use Theremin I/O with the MIDI upgrade to use as a digital controller.
Trend Themes
1. Touchless Music Technology - The rise of touchless musical apps like Theremin I/O that incorporate smartphone cameras and motion sensors enable a new level of musical expression without physical contact, presenting opportunities for innovation in music production and performance.
2. Synesthesia-based Interfaces - Apps that turn visual and physical movements into sound through the use of smartphones and other devices, like Theremin I/O, represent a broader trend towards synesthesia-inspired technology, which could revolutionize industries such as gaming, fashion design, and health care.
3. Augmented Sensory Environments - Touchless musical apps like Theremin I/O that integrate with smartphone cameras and other sensors point towards new possibilities for creating augmented sensory environments that offer interactive and immersive experiences, opening up opportunities for innovation across various industries such as marketing, event planning, and tourism.
Industry Implications
1. Music Production and Performance - Touchless musical apps, like Theremin I/O, enable new possibilities for musical expression without physical contact, creating opportunities for disruptive innovation in music production and performance industries, and offering new ways to connect with audiences.
2. Gaming and Interactive Entertainment - Touchless music apps, such as Theremin I/O, are part of a broader trend towards using synesthesia-based technology in gaming and interactive entertainment, presenting opportunities for innovation in creating immersive and engaging experiences.
3. Health Care and Rehabilitation - Touchless musical apps, like Theremin I/O, could potentially be used in health care and rehabilitation settings to aid in physical therapy, memory recall, and other therapeutic treatments for patients with neurological conditions, opening up new avenues for innovation in the health care industry.
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