Mogee Lets You Make Music on (Almost) Any Surface
If, as a teen, you ever drummed away with pencils on the desk during math class, or just wanted to slap away on some surface while listening to your favorite guitar solo, Mogee is the device you've been waiting for.
Musically inclined researchers Bruno Zamborlin, Frederic Bevilacqua and Norbert Schnell of IMTR created Mogee as part of a series of projects designed to introduce interactive music into our lives. The device simply suction cups itself to any rigid surface capable of producing vibrations, and provides a variety of feedback sounds when the surface is tapped, scrapped, or rubbed against.
According to Zamborlin's Vimeo page and the video below, the Mogee device can be pre-programmed for a variety of instrument feedbacks, as well as customizing what sound occurs in response to a particular hand gesture.
Although the video demonstrates Mogee's uncanny ability to turn everyday surfaces into musical instruments, the same techniques could be used to produce a high level of interactivity with common household items. Imagine controlling a room's lights, television or stereo by simply tapping or sliding one's fingertips on a coffee table. A gas fireplace could be started by scraping your fingertip on a secret tile on the wall surrounding it.
Business-related applications could include tapping one's smartphone against a designated zone next to a store's cash register to provide contact information quickly, in order to receive future advertising discount emails.
Let's hope the team at IMTR takes this project as far as they can, and we begin to see Mogee devices in our local stores and homes soon! Maybe someday our teens (or we) can pull out the pencils, tap away, and hear an awesome Van Halen drum solo playing in their headphones.
Because I know there's still a rock god, somewhere in there...