Expressive Footwear for Computer-Augmented Dance Performance

Oct. 1, 1997


Joseph A. Paradiso, Eric Hu


A sensor system is described for instrumenting a pair of dancing shoes in order to capture many expressive degrees of freedom and use them to drive music synthesizers and computer graphics in a real-time performance. Dynamic pressure is measured at three points in the shoe sole, as are the bend of the sole, pitch and yaw shoe angles, and translational shoe positions. Data will be transmit across a 19.2 kbaud wireless link, enabling updates at 10 msec intervals.

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