Minotaur is a monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man. It was kept in the Labyrinth in Crete, feeding on human flesh, until Theseus killed the Minotaur with the help of a princess. So in this piece, I use conductive tape to draw the shape of the Labyrinth. And the two yellow LEDs are the eyes of Minotaur. The red LED represents the torch in Theseus’s hands.
This is a project called FrabricKeyboard from MIT media lab. The fabric keyboard consists of multi-layer textile sensors machine-sewn in a keyboard pattern, and it detects different stimuli such as touch, pressure, stretch, proximity, and electric field. What I found interesting is that users can not only touch the interface to interact but also use non-contact gestures to play music. This project reminds me of another musical invention—Hand Roll Piano. With small size and low power consumption, Hand Roll Piano becomes a great portable musical instrument. Compare to Hand Roll Piano, FrabricKeyboard has made improvement in interaction design and music style that can be played.