This is my third and probably final post on the Machina Midi Controller Jacket. For those of you who are reading this for the first time, these you can find previous posts here
After over a year of work the Midi Jacket is finally completed! I can’t explain the excitement this brings to us; knowing some of you have wanted it for so long. Those of you who don’t know about it, if you are a musician, or into technology, you’re going to love it!
This is one of the first wearable technology items, which focuses completely on design. Imagine being able to use your body as an interface to create music. This is the Machina Midi Controller Jacket. This jacket was made keeping design in mind: electronics are invisible so that it can be used on a regular basis.
The jacket is made by with a unique and exceptional concept of the finest tailoring; the head of the Mexican Association of Tailors did the patterning on the jacket. It's aesthetics are characterized by a conscientious attention to detail and heavy feeling, due to its smart fabrics; We use waterproof fabrics, so liquids slide down without damaging any part of the electronics embedded in the jacket. This is a jacket that revolves around two concepts: Music, which focuses on people who enjoy music and its creation and reproduction process, and a more activist public, who can wear it every day.
The jacket comes with:
- Four flexible sensors which can detect your finger’s position.
- One accelerometer which can detect your arm’s acceleration.
- A joystick.
- 4 push buttons.
- The ability to modify it so that it can be used for whatever you need.
All of these sensors and buttons can be configured by the user,. The sensors are invisible except for placeholders. This was made to make sure that the jacket can be worn as a regular jacket.
Not a Musician?
We’re working to extend the functionality of the jacket so that you can use it for whatever you like. We’re providing libraries for users to be able to extend the functionality.
For the past 8 months, the jacket has been beta tested with several musicians and producers to get their point of view and refine the jacket to make it what it is today.