MagiMusic: Using Embedded Compass (Magnetic) Sensor for Touch-less Gesture Based Interaction with Digital Music Instruments in Mobile Devices
Kamer Ali Yüksel
The Fifth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Madeira, Portugal, January 23-26, 2011
Playing musical instruments such as chordophones, percussions and keyboard types accompany with harmonic interaction of player's hand with the instruments. In this work, we present a novel approach that enables the user to imitate the music playing gestures around mobile devices. In our approach, touch-less gestures, which change magnetic field around the device, are employed for interaction. The activity of playing an instrument can be transparently pursued by moving a tiny magnet in hand around new generation of mobile phones equipped with embedded digital compass (magnetic sensor). The phonation intentions of the user can be simulated on the mobile device by capturing the gestural pattern using magnetic sensor. The proposed method allows digital imitation of a broad number of instruments while still being able to sense musical hits and relative plectrum gestures. It provides a framework for extending interaction space with music applications beyond physical boundaries of small mobile devices, and to 3D space around the device. This can allow for a more natural, comfortable and flexible interaction. We present several mobile music applications developed based on the proposed method for Apple iPhone 3GS.