Music based projects and products bring an eclectic flavor to the Maker community. Using a marriage of creativity and technology yields some of the most unique devices imaginable. One of these devices is a literal “music box” that looks like a wide-eyed dice and adds a quirky flair to MIDI keyboards. The Kyub is an open source feather touch MIDI keyboard that makes use of capacitive sensing and an accelerometer to make music creation more active and dynamic.
Started by Keith Baxter, who has also developed a popular servoelectric guitar, the Kyub features 11 fully programmable feather touch keypads, a three axis 3G accelerometer, a Teensy AVR microcontroller with native USB MIDI support, and three open source programs for experimentation and playing. The Kyub is also compatible with many software synthesizers including Propellerhead Reason Essentials, and iPad based synthesizers. For the past four months, Keith has been working with Petyr Stretz, a hacker and electronic music expert, and Peggy Brown, an industrial designer, to create an innovative product with a slick design.