Be Biocreative: How will you use the XTH Sense?

Be Biocreative: How will you use the XTH Sense?

Wow! March has been like a time warp. We’ve been having lots of fun driving around Berlin, London and New York gathering case studies of musicians, researchers, animators, dancers, virtual reality creators, even kids, using the XTH Sense to enable us to better understand the various ways our community might interface with our new biocreative instrument. We’ve come away pleasantly surprised and genuinely heart-warmed by all the ingenious ways people envision integrating the XTH Sense into their creative and research practice. One thing all the interviews had in common was a sense of awe and wonder when they heard their raw muscles sounds with headphones for the first time as they began to slowly move and re-attune themselves with their bodies. For composer & cellist Illay Chester, experimenting with XTH Sense was “very curious, like entering a different dimension, a whole new world, and its right there inside of you.”  Dancer, Susanne Eder, was amazed that the instrument could make the tiniest movement of her muscles perceptible, which restored “an open and natural child-like sense of play” to her often over-disciplined practice. And researcher, Pedro Lopes, observed that in contrast to the barriers he typically encounters with other tracking or biomedical devices, it was refreshing that “everything is completely transparent, and you can dig into any layer of the raw data and code.”  Here’s what media & sound artist, Andrew Demerjian had to say: http://www.xth.io/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/andrew_clip.m4v Over the next few weeks, leading up to Kickstarter, we’ll be announcing two great opportunities for our community to shape the future of the XTH Sense. Be on the look out for a short survey next...
Mixed Reality with the XTH Sense

Mixed Reality with the XTH Sense

Last week we organized our first creative lab exclusively focused on using the new XTH Sense™. We gathered at the Integra Lab at the Birmingham Conservatory in UK with researchers in sound and technology to explore some creative applications of the XTH Sense™. Integra Lab is a music interaction design and research group. Their mission is very well aligned with our vision at XTH: to empower people to explore sound and music through easy-to-use technologies and tools. The lab team is an experienced group of artists, designers and developers with expertise in interaction design, digital musical instrument design, haptic interaction, gestural control, immersion and mixed reality, music composition and performance. Together with Federico Visi (ICCMR, Plymouth University) and Balandino di Donato (Integra Lab), we set out for three intense days of programming, movement and sound explorations in mixed reality. To create mixed reality environments means to enable virtual and physical worlds to interact with each other. An object in the physical world, like a cup for instance, can be linked to sounds in the virtual realms, so that the cup itself becomes augmented without losing its physical properties, but rather exploring them creatively with the body. It is a truly interesting approach to body and technology, mixing methods from VR (Virtual Reality) and HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) to create experiences where the real and the virtual co-exist, rather than disrupt or undermine each other. At XTH, we want to explore innovative ways of expression that merge our bodies with technology, and mixed reality is a fantastic test bed for this. Federico and Balandino used the XTH Sense™ to create two...
Why we have chosen to invest in our community

Why we have chosen to invest in our community

Here we are, it’s 2016. In the past months you have not heard from us, and we want to thank you for all the email you sent us, either to ask us when the XTH Sense will be ready to buy (very soon! more on that later next week), or simply to show your support. It is so much appreciated, and we need it! We have been a bit absent online because it has been an intense period, not only of work, but of reflection too. We have been actively seeking funding from investors and tech incubators. While we keep receiving enthusiastic feedback and very useful insights from insiders, eventually, our conversations always end up with a clash of values: “Your product is great, but you’re not going to earn increasing profits by making a product only for creatives.” We can see the point and agree. To our eyes, however, the fundamental assumption is wrong: we are not here to make increasingly high profit margins, and we want don’t want to make only a single product to sell out to a major corporation. Of course, we want to build a sustainable company, yet our vision is more expansive. We want to build a movement and a new medium around a deeper understanding of our relationship to the body and technology. Investors seem not to trust this aspirational goal. So we have been reflecting upon this, a lot.  We had a kind of existential crisis, and we finally took a decision. We are going back to the roots of the XTH Sense project with renewed energy and more mature ideas....

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