Here’s something you don’t see every day: the brand-new Sony product debuting on Indiegogo. Motion Sonic is the word for Sony’s campaign, “Effects gear to control the sound in sync with your movements in playing music”
Motion Sonic devices are tiny capsules that can be attached to rubber wristbands of different shapes. For example, Fitbit has a strap that attaches to your wrist for use cases such as playing the guitar. and one that wraps around the back of your hand and is more suitable for playing keys.
In fact, it allows you to associate hand movements with specific musical effects. For example, you can set it to add a delay effect when you move your finger from left to right. Or keep bending when you turn your wrist. These effects are created and saved in all iOS apps. You then need to connect your iPhone to the instrument with the audio interface. (It is not compatible with Android.)
Here are some demos:
In fact, Sony has been working on this project for quite some time — we tried the first version at SXSW in 2017. Shortly after, Sony posted this interview with the project’s designer and art director. t The idea originated from engineer Heesoon Kim. Now, the Motion Sonic Indiegogo campaign lists Kim as the project leader, claiming that “I believe we can create new entertainment that has never been seen before with Motion Sonic and I am very excited to create a new culture with you!”
Sony isn’t new to fundraising. But most projects to date, such as the Reon Pocket wearable air conditioner, have been limited to the First Flight site in Japan. Motion Sonic is now on Indiegogo, Sony will ship to the US and the domestic market, the first 400 units will be sold. Priced at 23,900 yen or $218, and with a retail price of 27,200 yen or $248, the item is scheduled to ship in March next year.