New User, Thought about Haptics

New User, Thought about Haptics

Postby Valerio » Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:41 am

I just ordered my Aerodrums today—the same day that I discovered that they existed. I'm super excited; my e-kit was starting to drive me up the wall, and it's been nigh-impossible to jam with friends in college until now. Brilliant product.

I had a thought though for an additional future product—Aerodrums could easily be combined with haptic feedback technology to create a novel interface for teaching drums. You've already got the Aered system, so you could add haptic ankle/wristbands that are programmed to vibrate according to the notes entered into the Aered musical notation.

There have already been some interesting studies showing that haptic impulses can help teach people to play complex polyrhythms, even without the user having to pay attention! I can only imagine what a dedicated haptic training program based on the Aerodrum/Aered platform would be capable of:
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Re: New User, Thought about Haptics

Postby Richard » Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:17 pm

Thanks for sharing the idea. It's very interesting, I'll be sure to read the paper.

Related to this, we had a very old prototype that mixed early versions of Aered and Aerodrums technology. The basic idea was that you were shown sheet music for what you should be playing and what you were actually playing (updated in realtime) and scored based on how accurate you were. It could definitely be adapted into a useful teaching tool. It's not currently on our roadmap but something we might look at in the future. There is a short video demoing it here: ... n-the-fly/
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