Airpiano: The Touch-Free Musical Instrument [Video]
The interface allows intuitive interaction with keys and faders by using simple hand gestures.
This new device is an innovative controller for making music. The Airpiano features a touch-free interface with 8 infrared proximity sensors, enabling users to interact with it using a series of hand gestures. The keys and faders, which can be assigned different functions, reside virtually above the surface and are triggered by positioning your hand over the correct one. The 40 LEDs provide user orientation and visual feedback.
The hardware itself doesn't produce the sounds, it sends MIDI and Open Sound Control messages to the custom software on your PC or Mac via USB, allowing you to create your own arrangements. A limited number of airpianos are available from the official website at a special trial price and the video below shows musician Jo Hamilton demonstrating how it works.