Beyond touch: inFORM tactile interface

While touch interfaces don’t seem to have captured the imagination of the entire DJ industry, we’re all looking for new ways to physically engage with our music. I’ll be honest, I have no idea how this could be used in a DJ context, but I was absolutely captivated when I saw this clip today. The inFORM tactile interface operates with a large, low resolution and generally unwieldly mechanical interface, but bugger me if it isn’t incredibly clever.


Like I said, I can’t quite fathom how this could work for DJs, but the principle of being able to perform remotely via camera and have their actions physically manifested at the other end is intriguing. Perhaps when this becomes of a higher resolution and a larger platform, then a DJ can stand in front of their decks or controller and have a 3D version operating at the actual venue. Or perhaps a DJ operating a virtual version on their DJ gear.

I’m probably talking out of my arse, but I find this intriguing for the future — perhaps a stereotypical silver-suited future, but this is one to watch in a Star Trekish kind of way.

  • Jared Helfer

    I have no idea how this would apply to us, but that phone alert was really cool.

    Oooh, actually, it would be really cool if it presented a visual on your EQ and you could press and pull, or increase and decrease the frequencies and see a physical change in the curve. No really practical, but could be fun.

    • Trik

      It’s just a controller ; )

    • Jared Helfer

      We’re gonna need a bigger booth

  • Korji

    Yeah I know what you mean. It would be amazing if they made a high resolution version of this in the future!

  • liddokun

    Man that was so cool. Something that immediately popped into my head was the whole “3D sound imaging”…first read about the whole Dolby Atmos mix when the movie Gravity was released, where they had speakers in the ceiling and all over and the sound designer could really be specific where sound came from during the movie. Imagine having a setup like that and being able to control directionality of the sound and/or frequencies and filters in that manner. That would add such a new dimension to the sounds. Maybe I sound a bit crazy right now!! But that’s how I see the connection!

    • DJ_ForcedHand

      I could see this being placed as active sound adjusters in corners and “strange spots” that cannot be set statically.

  • Guest

    just looks like he has one of these under the desk?? :0

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