Sony Motion Sonic is here, and it is a gadget that you don't see every day.
The brand-new Sony product was launched first on Indiegogo. In the words of Sony, Motion Sonic is the effects gear to control sound in sync with your motion for playing music.
Sony Motion Sonic Launched
Sony's Motion Sonic will be available in the United States and Japan on the iOS platform, and is designed and created to help creators expand their creative reach with electronic musical instruments, according to The Verge.
With the sensor in place, when a performer gestures with their hand, the sound will change in pitch, vibrator or modulation, depending on the specific movement.
Similarly, when a DJ wearing Sony Motion Sonic raises then lowers their hand, a delay is added to the music output.
Sony Motion Sonic consists of a wearable motion sensor, and an accompanying smartphone application. The sensor detects the wearer's movement, then transfers it to the smartphone app through Bluetooth, which then seamlessly connects to the instruments through audio interface, actualizing the desired sound effects.
The effects generator was developed with the goal of enabling sound manipulation with body movement, and adds a vibrant new creative dimensions to performers' repertoires.
What Does the Motion Sonic Do?
There is a band that attaches to your wrist for use cases like playing guitar, and another wraps around the back of your hand, and it is better suited to playing keys.
What the Sony Motion Sonic actually does is allow you to link hand motions to specific musical effects. That means that you could set it to add a delay effect when you move finger from left to right, or to bend pitch as you roll your wrist.
These effects are all created and saved on an iOS app, then you need to connect your iPhone to your instrument with an audio interface. Unfortunately, it is still not compatible with Android as of the moment.
Sony has had this project in the works for a while now, and an early version of it was presented at SXSW back in 2017.
Shortly after, Sony posted this interview with a designer and art director on the project, who attributed the initial idea to engineer Heesoon Kim.
The Sony Motion Sonic Indiegogo campaign now lists Kim as project lead, quoting him saying that they believe they can create new entertainment that is never seen before with Motion Sonic, and they are excited to create a new culture with the public.
Sony is not new to crowdfunding, but most of its projects to date, just like the Reon Pocket wearable air conditioner, have been limited to its own First Flight site in Japan.
Now that Motion Sonic is on Indiegogo, Sony will ship it to the United States as well as its home market. The first 400 units will sell for 23,900 yen or $218, and the retail price is 27,200 yen or $248. The product is scheduled to ship in March 2022.
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Written by Sophie Webster