Dan Daily introducing a MidiWing prototype
Detail of the MidiWing system circuitry created by Kent Pfeifer and Dan Daily
Sandia microsystems engineer Kent Pfeifer, left, and Dan Daily work on the circuitry for the Midiwing musical instrument (Photo: Randy Montoya)
MidiWing is a digital music system developed to give everyone the chance to create music, regardless of physical ability
The advanced microcontroller circuitry inside MidiWing can calculate the many different frequencies or pitches that produce complex musical sounds from the position of a joystick, mouse or other input (Photo: Randy Montoya)
The stand-alone MidiWing 1 includes a special interface with various inputs for hooking up switches, sensors and gizmos, and a small box with three buttons to the top that works alongside whatever continuous controller the player has chosen to use
Inspired by the many people he encountered at his mother's daycare center for severely disabled children when he was a youngster himself, multi-instrumentalist Dan Daily began working on a digital music system that anyone can play, regardless of ability or physical capability. Several prototypes later, along with some vital technical input from Lockhead Martin subsidiary Sandia National Laboratories, and MidiWing 1 is ready for release.
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