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Button-Less Keyboard Creates Music Using Eight Proximity Sensors

An innovative keyboard has been designed which is capable of creating music just by responding to gestures. Typically, pianos are instruments that are played by keying the buttons according to musical notes.


The new Airpiano is a button-less keyboard that can be played by gestures which are detected by eight inbuilt proximity sensors.

The eight proximity sensors detect the hand movement and activate different sounds based on the proximity of the hand from the sensor. Each of the eight sensors is capable of detecting four different distances which translate to three different sounds and one fader. Therefore, there are 24 different musical keys and weight faders. The distance between the hand and the sensor is interpreted as music.

Coming to the usage of the Airpiano, like any other musical instrument it also requires a lot of practice. Even expert piano players would take some time before they could get comfortable using the Airpiano. The Airpiano is made of walnut wood and deep red acrylic glass with 40 LEDs placed beneath the glass.



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