The Sensel Morph

The Sensel Morph and the art of the interface

Investigating the future of interaction

Articles by Gianmaria Vernetti November 13, 2015

I have always been curious about technology and art and I like to find new tools to play with. That’s why I am really curious about a new interface called The Sensel Morph. Interfaces are the unavoidable tools that allow us to interact with technology. A traditional definition states that an interface is

“an entity that acts as a common factor between two or more beings”.

I am a musician (or least I would like to be) and most of the times I find musical interfaces quite poor and inexpressive. In a certain sense I agree with this wonderful quote by Donald Norman:

“The real problem with the interface is that it is an interface”.

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That’s why I fell in love with this new innovative interface, called The Sensel Morph. The Sensel Morph is a pressure-sensitive multi-touch input device that allows people to interact with computers and programs in a new way.

The interface is based on a patented technology, called Pressure Grid, that offers a high range of sensitivity and can detect fingers and objects. Various layers can be used according to needs.

Sounds great! The Sensel Morph open new astonishing ways for artistic expression, be it music or visual arts. But my attention has been caught as well by this statement I found on the company website:

“Our mission from the start was to address the mismatch between the expressive capabilities of our hands and the restrictive interfaces of today’s devices”.

That makes sense to me. The main problem is not that the interface is an interface (thanks Mr. Norman) but that traditional interfaces restrict the expressive potentials of digital artists.

So I am happy to conclude by writing that the Kickstaster campaign successfully raised $ 442,649.

I truly think it makes sense.

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