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Anchor Lead: A recently graduated engineering student is creating a new musical instrument...that, well, looks like the instrument is missing.
Randy Atkins: It almost looks like magic. Music created by simply moving your hands through the air.
Ray Li: We wanted to allow the musician to touch sound as if it were like a tangible thing.
Randy Atkins: Ray Li, a recent Cornell University engineering grad is developing gloves with sewn-in motion-tracking devices.
Ray Li: If the musician moves their hands apart, it makes the sound bigger, as if it were between the hands and you were like growing it.
Randy Atkins: Or close your fist and the sound is muffled. Data from the gloves…
Ray Li: What we’re using right now is a magnetic motion-tracker that’s actually developed for medical technologies.
Randy Atkins: …is transmitted to a computer where music software translates motion into music. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.
Anchor Tag: The technology is still being developed for its premier at a concert this spring.