MIDAS by Kent Wang, MDes '17
The design provides the possibility of changing the surface texture in the front touching zone. Players are able to interchange covering surface following personal preference. The rich choices of touching materials enhance the gameplay of “MIDAS.”
"MIDAS" interface integrates these features into a unique body. On the front side, one hand manipulates chords; another hand plays a range of scale. According to the music theory, each song has multiple keys but only uses 8 chords in one key. Because of that, there are 8 soft touching sensors where users can play the chords combination directly. 1 octave of soft touching notes is arranged on the right in order to create the melody or make chord richer. The idea behind this combination is as technology streamlines intuitive playing, players are freed from the burden of remembering unnecessary information, at the meanwhile, can get access to all the notes if they wish.
On the back side, thumb takes control of switching arpeggios and chords, tempo, key, pairing, power etc. Once the arpeggio mode is activated, there are 4 different patterns can be generated by pressing those 4 choices. If the arpeggio mode is deactivated, those 4 choices are changed to realize the function that transmits chords from bass to treble. Two direction buttons have multiple functions based on the configurations, which can be the tempo adjustment or the key shift. The power button also has wireless pairing function when it is long pressed.
Smart device interface:
The "Perceptual Guidance Musical Instrument" (patent pending) is supposed to allow players to release their memory system and invest their energy in creation so the target group can be at any level of proficiency as long as they want to play. This is exactly how the actual user feels on the product announcement day. “MIDAS” will be the first musical instrument fully designed for perception in the industry. It is a game-changer.