These two Bluetooth wristbands put an entire orchestra of virtual instruments in your hands
I admit that when I saw Mictic’s colorful music wristbands at Mobile World Congress, I wasn’t very impressed. They’re two simple bands very similar to a FitBit-style sports tracker, but without any type of screen or button. Of course, when you put them on and they come to life in your arms, you can’t help but smile from ear to ear. If you love music, the following is for you.
The creators of the Mictic One define it as an augmented reality audio portable. The definition is one hundred percent correct but also maybe a bit vague. Explained in simpler terms, the Mictic One are two Bkuetooth bracelets equipped with motion sensors. The wristbands connect to a mobile device (iOS only at the moment, but the Android version is under development). From the Mictic application we can select different musical instruments and control the sound they produce by moving our hands and arms. Think of an Air Guitar on steroids and you’ll get an idea of how they work. This video also helps.
The fact is that to say that the Mictic One is an Air Guitar simulator is an understatement, because the application of this startup created in Zurich does much more than that. To begin with, the range of musical instruments that we can imitate is quite wide and ranges from cello to percussion to a DJ’s mixing desk. Each instrument requires you to make different movements with your arms and hands that mimic (to some extent) the actual movements you would make with that instrument.
The app lets you add (and control) backing tracks, and even mix various instruments and save the results. In fact, up to four pairs of bracelets can be connected in case you want to form an augmented reality group. There are also a handful of actual songs, and the company is already striking deals with various record labels to add many more. In fact, the device is sponsored by Moby. The popular composer has been testing the possibilities of bracelets when creating professional music for some time.
It may sound strange, but wearing the Mictic One is as frustrating as it is exciting. It’s frustrating because getting something out that sounds good is harder than it looks. It’s not enough to wave your arms around like a mad monkey. You have to move with precision and smoothness. Fortunately, each instrument has a video tutorial in which we can learn the basic movements. It’s exciting because when you learn how to ring them, the feeling is extremely satisfying.
Soon we will be able to offer you an in-depth review of the device, but the first impression is that they are incredibly fun. The Mictic One (sold in pairs and with a double USB-C cable to recharge them both at the same time) are already on sale at the company website at a price of 139 Swiss francs (about 135 euros). In the future, the company plans to expand the platform so that it can be used with other devices that lack the necessary motion sensors, such as cellphones or smartwatches. As a device for teaching music to children, it has spectacular potential.
This article is translated from Gizmodo in Spanish. Read it original article.