If any one is in doubt that wearable technology is the future of DJing and live electronic music production and performance, then check out this video of Gest.
Things have moved on since I bought my 1210 MKII decks, I kept up with the times though, now I use Traktor Scratch. It has occurred to me for years that one day DJ’s would be performing live sets with kit hooked up to their bodies and responding to their dance moves.
It sounds a little unfair to someone like me who spent years learning how to juggle beats and perform complex scratches like crabs, flares and orbits that are hard as hell, along with manually controlling the BPM. Oh well, that’s evolution..
The age of connected sensors and smart devices that we live in now is the age when performing an epic live set just by busting shapes is a possibilty!
Texas-based Apotact Labs are one of the first to capitalize on the wearable tech/electronic music connection. Another device aiming to become your controller of choice is the Remidi T8 Glove which we covered a few weeks ago.
The Remidi T8 Glove is being marketed as a wearable MIDI controller especially for music. However, this is the first time we’ve seen the Gest wearable associated with MIDI and EDM. Not too long ago we saw Gest controlling a drone and Sphero.
The fact that this video shows Gest wearable technology controlling Ableton and Traktor, the two most popular production and DJing programs, is a serious addition to its repertoire. Using Gest to control Spotify while your behind the wheel won’t do its reputation any harm either..
The brains behind Gest wearable technology first came up with the idea by looking into news ways to interact with computers and mobile devices, with the opinion that the old mouse and keyboard is making less sense as devices get smaller, and typing with tiny on-screen keyboards is not really suitable.
Gest can be worn on both hands at one time. Each hand is equipped with fifteen sensors: accelerometers, magnetometers and gyroscopes. The data collected by the sensors is then sent over Bluetooth LE to control your connected gadget.
Gest recognizes hand and finger positions and allows you to assign different gestures to control specific functions on connected devices. Gest consists of an adjustable palm strap connected to four flexible finger mounts. The finger tracking operates with a low latency of 40 – 60 ms.
A smart LED indicator keeps you informed of your device’s connection and how you’re interacting. Gest is capable of learning new and unique gestures, allowing the user to wave, point, grab, twist, etc, and then specify which parameters of their gadget or application they want the different gestures to control.
Gest has almost doubled its Kickstarter goal, but it still has 19 hours left to run and early-bird prices are still up for grabs. The estimated delivery date is November 2016.