Eye Conductor App Lets Anyone Make Music Hands-Free [VIDEO]

Eye Conductor hands-free music making app

Music is a universal language that can connect people from all walks of life and every corner of the globe. Unfortunately, there are many people who are unable to partake in the joy of making music due to certain disabilities that limit the mobility of their hands and arms. Eye Conductor is an app being developed specifically to break down that barrier.

Built by designer Andreas Refsgaard, the Eye Conductor app uses a built-in tracking system that monitors eye and face movements and interprets them as specific commands that create musical notes and beats. All that’s required to run the app is a computer, your average webcam, and a $99 eye-tracker.

Although technically anyone can use Eye Conductor to make music hands-free, the app is tailored to those people living with disabilities, and  requires only movement of the eyes, mouth, or eyebrows to communicate to construct beats and play instruments. Since the app uses an open system, it can even be customized to accommodate the physical abilities of the particular person who’s using it.

Eye Conductor is a project that’s still in the development phase. Refsgaard aims to release a web version to the public before the end of the year.

Check out the video above for a demo and more info on the hands-free music-making app.



[Engadget via Andreas Refsgaard]

Photo Credit: andreasrefsgaard.dk

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A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and TheSource.com. He has written for XXL magazine, Complex.com and BET.com, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.