FingerSynth – A bone conductive wearable that creates music on touch
We have seen quite a few strange instruments in the past that don’t have any practical use but still managed to excite us. FingerSynth wearable musical instrument is another one straight out from the realm of technological absurdness. Not that it is something worthless, but an amalgamation of wearable technology and audio. Developed by Gershon Dublon from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, FingerSynth is a half glove loaded with series if finger rings connected to a box that sits like a bracelet on the wrist.
These rings contain independently controlled audio exciter transducer which produces sound whenever a hard object is touched. Interestingly when you touch a person’s head with the finger rings it produces sound through bone conduction and the person hears the sound that is inaudible to others. The micro-controller loaded in the glove sends separate audio signals to each ring and the intensity or pitch of the sound is determined by the value perceived by the accelerometer. Other than that the glove contains FET transistors, accelerometer and battery.
One can tap, flick or perform other gestures with the glove and finger rings. For example when the object is touched hard, the sound is more profound, whereas soft touch registers a very subtle audio. Through all these combinations, FingerSynth creates sound in a number of ways.