A Magical, Better Way to Control Your Digital World
Whether you want to extend the capacities of a traditional instrument, create a new controller, tired of being tangled to tons of wired equipment, or just looking for a new way to play, eMotion has a solution.
We’ve created a simple unique device that enables you to re-enchant your audience with your natural performance gestures as they magically control your electronic gear. The eMersion™ Wireless Sensor System is a gesture control technology that unobtrusively attaches to your instrument or body and lets you control your audio and visual effects instantly with a quick flick of the wrist, a nod of the head, or any other sensor-driven gesture you think of.
For example, rotate your trumpet 45 degrees and you can control distortion. Control the tempo of your music by the speed of your fist pumping. Add panning to your guitar in real time by sweeping it. Add reverb to your saxophone by leaning back or forward. The combinations are endless, direct and easy to configure. eMotion not only imbues your instrument with the ability to sense, it gives the performer the opportunity to make the instrument a more integral part of the performance.
Straight from the box to your performance.
From out of the box, we have online tutorials and support to help you get setup. The process is intuitive, and just requires a little bit of setup before you create your next masterpiece.
- First, attach the small and powerful sensor to the device you want to transform into a controller.
- Pair the sensor with the receiver and check the connection.
- Next, you use the software to configure what gestures you want to use and how they interact with the effect parameters you want to control like reverb, panning, DMX stage lights, etc.
- Now perform and adjust accordingly.
Get to know the tech.
The eMersion™ comes with a patent-pending combination of hardware and software that wirelessly allow musicians to augment their live performance through gesture control technology.
Included in the base system is the software, a charging receiver hub that connects to your computer through USB, and the eMote Twist. The notable tech here is the Twist, which is compact combination of a 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer to control inertia, acceleration and position.
With the upgraded systems you get the eMote Accelerate. The accelerate also lets you control acceleration and tilt, but more importantly comes with the option to plug in all sorts of other sensors. Many more are to come, but at the moment we provide:
- Exert - pressure sensor. Example: Place on keys or valves to measure how hard they are pressed. You could assign it to distortion for example, with a larger amount the harder you squeeze.
- Wave - distance sensor. Example: Change the tempo of your music by pumping your fist.
- Flash - light sensor. Example: Sync an effect like pitch to your lighting environment.
- Or plug in your own sensors: any 2 or 3 pin sensor rated for 3.3V or 5V can be used directly with the Accelerate!
The eMersion™ system is expandable. It has been tested to accommodate up to 8 Twist and 8 Accelerate eMotes on one Fuse hub. This will allow you to expand a single eMersion™ system to accommodate everyone in your group. You can further expand eMersion™ by using multiple Fuses, and each eMote can be set to its own unique identity, so you always know which one is yours.
Although it comes with software, you actually have the option (and are encouraged) to create your own additions to the package. Although we give you some of the building blocks, some developmental knowledge and tinkerer mentality is recommended. The Software is open source and contains stand-alone applications compatible with MAC (PC version coming soon). It is also easily customizable using Cycling'74 MaxMSP.
The standalone software sends controller data via MIDI and OpenSoundControl and UDP (over network). The eMersion™ works with virtually any software or hardware that receives MIDI, OSC, or network input. Basically, anywhere you use a pedal, mouse, keypad, drum pad, or other controller in your setup, it can be replaced using eMersion.
The software is currently tested and compatible with Ableton, Max/MSP and for-Live, Logic, Protools, Main Stage, Propellerhead REASON, Csound, Processing, Supercollider and PureData. Garageband is not currently supported.
The hardware is currently tested and compatible with DMXUSBPRO (Control DMX lights) and MIDI-to-CV hardware (use eMotion to control Analog Synthesizers with control voltage), however virtually any MIDI hardware should work.
An additional software suite also included, called eMotion SwitchBlade, transforms eMote gestures into keypad and mouse commands, so you can control any application on a computer including: video games, PowerPoint, Prezi, DVD, QuickTime, and other media players, and Web browsers. Record sensor data into tables and databases for use in MatLab and Excel (real useful for scientists, field researchers or engineers).
Make instruments out of everyday objects.
Our eMotion technology is not limited to traditional instruments. Since the sensors can attach and be removed with ease, you could use them on anything you want: making a toy, a chicken sandwich or even yourself into an orchestra. Control, augment and synthesize anything you can imagine into an audio experiment or inspired performance.
Move with anything that moves you.
Although our vision is rooted in our passion for the music industry, the eMersion system can grow in any industry that has a need for sensor data driven metrics or gesture control demands. With a little tweaking you could create more interactive presentations, DIY home automation, custom scientific research apparatuses or even robotics control.
In fact, we are an open community that encourages such innovation. Our beta testers have already dabbled with augmented video games controllers, a magic hat and other amazing projects. What will you make? Join our community and become part of the eMotion universe so you can share your creations with other like-minded artists.
A growing community that needs you!
You now know that eMotion unleashes the artist from technological restraints and opens new opportunities to seamlessly integrate intangibles like inspiration, emotion and passion into a performance or anything you want it to.
Please join our community to learn more about some of the exciting things happening at eMotion and also get on the list for upcoming product releases.