Russian artist Dmitry Mozorov aka ::vtol:: recently presented quite a unique creation - a device that makes music by reading tattoos straight off the skin.
Described as "sound controller that uses tattoo as a music score," the hand robot is detailed in the new clip titled "Reading My Body." A brief explanation of how this peculiar machinery works was also included.
"This is a special instrument that combines human body and robotic system into a single entity that is designed to automate creative process in an attempt to represent the artist and his instrument as a creative hybrid," the description reads.
"The device consists of a railing with comfortable hand holders and two parallel, but offset from each other black lines' sensors that move along the arm using a stepper motor. It is equipped with a 3-dimensional Wii remote controller that uses the OSC protocol in order to give a possibility of additional expression achieved by moving hand in space."
However, the tattoo's design plays a crucial role for the sounds being played, so an average ink isn't too likely to produce an interesting output audio. "The tattoo is specifically designed to contain the maximum number of variable time slots between triggers," Mozorov said about the tattoo featured in the video.
"It is possible to manually control the velocity of sensors' movement, direction and step length, that altogether gives an infinite number of variations of reading patterns from hand. In addition, all control parameters and sensors' movements can be programmed to operate autonomously," Dmitry concluded.