You can now purchase the software behind the Imogen Heap Musical Gloves

Allowing users to map gestures allows them to play virtual instruments or run a station on a loop just by pinching their fingers. If you’re curious about how it works in action, take a look this video of Heap building a live, looped version of Breathe In by Frou Frou on stage. Users can also add, for example, vibrato controls to your open, waving hand, allowing you to incorporate dancing into live performances.

Until now, you had to buy a pair of Mi.Mu gloves to gain access to Glover, something out of reach for many people. A pair of Mi.Mus will set you back £ 2,500 ($ 3,430), but that’s not the only way to get the most out of the software. The company has also launched Gliss, a smartphone app that will let you draw designs on the screen that can be translated into sound.

Most importantly, Glover now works with other motion detection platforms, including Leap Motion, allowing you to create a virtual theremin. And hobbyists on hand with a sewing needle and microcontroller can make a simple version of the gloves using the BBC’s micro: bit as part of a third-party kit. Better yet, the company says gesture control using a webcam or the Genki’s Wave ring will arrive later this year.

Those looking to dip a toe in water can try a Glover free demo, available for Windows and macOS. Gliss, meanwhile, is iOS-only at the moment, with work on an Android version coming later this year.

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