NoiseBear: A Malleable Musical Controller

A NoiseBear Controller

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NoiseBear is a wireless, malleable, musical controller, designed for, and in participation with disabled children. The aim of the project was to produce a controller that was robust, and flexible enough to be used in a wide range of interactive scenarios. NoiseBear is an open ended system for designing wireless malleable controllers in different shapes. It uses pressure sensitive material made from conductive thread and polyester cushion stuffing, to give the feel of a childrens’ soft toy. The sensor outputs up to 16 continuous channels, allowing measurement of detailed and complex deformations with high sensitivity, and networks with other devices using Bluetooth Low Energy.