PROSTHETIC PIANO


The Prosthetic Piano seeks to combine the tactility of the piano key with the portability of digital "hand" instruments. 


"The body is man's first and most natural of instruments. Or  more accurately...man's first and most natural technical object, and at the same time technical means." 


-Marcel Mauss

PROTOTYPING PROCESS PART 1


This series of sketch models examines the question: How can hand gestures control sound? 


From left to right: 

01 | Pressure sensitive tips

02 | Pressure sensitive gloves

03 | Tension sensitive glove

04 | Keyboard glove

PROTOTYPING PROCESS PART 2


The design process initially began with looking at 3 different hand movements required in playing the piano: 


1 | Pressing

2 | Stretching

3 | Crossing over


The focus would begin with first achieving the weight of a piano key, one of the most important factors when using an acoustic piano.

SKETCHING PROCESS


The first phase of design began with looking at a variety of ways. using either tension or compression, to achieve the weight of a piano key. The process quickly evolved into 3D prototyping in order to understand how the nuances of the mechanics affect the weight of the key. The idea was later simplified to a simple counterweight.



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