There is a substantial amount of published research about sensors and their applications to new interfaces for musical expression in the form of various papers and recently a book. Although these resources are useful because they have undergone a rigorous editing and review process, most of what is available stops short of providing specific data, such as information on sensor purchasing (where, how much), as this information changes often. To find practical information, one must usually conduct online search to determine what is available for a given task, compare specifications and prices, and finally make contact with a company and place an order. But entering the word “sensor” into a search engine such as Google yields millions of superfluous results. The process is not only extremely time-consuming, it is often repeated unnecessarily because the information gathered each time is not organized and preserved.
This project reports on the establishment of a resource tool about sensors in music that serves as a single place to gather resources and information, it allows and encourages members of different institutions to share their findings and discoveries, and finally it can be updated quickly and easily as new information becomes available. It is then complementary to other sources of information, such as articles and books.
The Sensor Wiki is currently organized into three sections:
A new section on actuators and force-feedback devices is currently being developed.