Musical gloves mimic the human voice

Published: 23rd February 2012

Musical gloves mimic the human voice
Scientists have invented a pair of musical handwear, which can manipulate computerised sound, mimicking the human voice.

These musical gloves will now allow lonely vocalists to perform a duet without a human partner, however could take training to use.

Hand gestures replicate movements by vocal chords, allowing the gloves to produce a range of complex sounds, which researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver believe could take around 100 hours to learn to play.

Lead researcher Sidney Fels told New Scientist that getting used to the gloves is "very hard" and is "like trying to do your email while talking on the phone".

The right hand glove has motion sensors detecting the opening and closing of the wearer's hands, producing vowels when the hand is open and consonants when it closes.

Meanwhile the left hand activates stop consonants and a foot pedal controls volume.

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