Board of your standard cotton gloves? Even the ones you can use a touch screen with? Well, lucky for you, gloves just got a lot more exciting. Introducing MI.MU Gloves, the world’s most advanced wearable musical instrument.
Truly an object of expression, with these gloves you can create music with the wave of a hand, all through the power of motion capture and AI technology.
The tech behind the gestural musical gloves has been in development at UWE Bristol by Dr Tom Mitchell since 2014, and the finished product is now available for pre-order on MI.MU’s website.
Waving hello to the future
Simply put, the gloves enable users to create music with their movement. The tech has been refined and the design has been impeccably streamlined to suit the needs of musical artists. The latest version contains enhanced build quality and gesture control, improved electronics, and faster wireless communication.
Managing Director, Adam Stark, explains the far-reaching benefits of the product, “They are the result of years of research and development into new ways to compose and perform music.
“We believe they will enable musicians to discover new forms of expression, leading to new ideas, new performances and, ultimately, new forms of music.”
Bespoke models have already been created and distributed to a select few musicians. Those finding use from the product range from classical pianists to film composers to pop stars like Ariana Grande.
MI.MU was founded by Grammy Award winning musician Imogen Heap in partnership with UWE Bristol, and a team of hard-working creatives was soon built. Imogen’s own expertise in the world of music, combined with the tech wizards at UWE was a match made in heaven.
Through collaborations with initiatives like Innovate UK and the EU Commission, Tom and his team created a product that will soon be on the hands of many musicians.
Tom says, “The gloves bring a new creative dimension to music performance, enabling musicians to create the movements that perform their music. I can’t wait to see what people will do with the technology.”
Imogen is also extremely pleased with the developments and is eager to let the music be heard, “I’m so happy that we are finally able to extend the incredible superhuman feeling of having music in our hands out to a wider audience.”