The Graphic Dancing age
Classical dance has never been so modern. Those who do not follow ballet complain they can't understand its movements. The designer Lesia Trubat González seems to have solved this problem with E-Traces (ElectronicTraces): a wearable that captures dancers' movements and transforms them into virtual sensations, as can be seen on the designer's website.
The Arduino Guide
The focus is on the ballet shoes themselves, which through contact with the floor, and thanks to Lilypad Arduino technology, record the pressure and movement of the dancer’s feet and send a signal to an electronic device. A special app then shows this data graphically and can even customize it to suit each user according to need. The user can then view all the moves made in video format, extract images, and even print them. In this way, dancers can interpret their own movements, compare them with those of other dancers and, last but not least, correct them. In fact, the signs developed by the dancers frequently recall elegant calligraphy and can almost hypnotize with their sinuosity embracing well marked notes and tempos.
First steps with dance
Obviously, dance is only a first step. Lesia Trubat González's idea is to use the project for other disciplines, too. The applications are endless: from self-study to teaching during different types of sports courses, and a graphic illustration to enrich any live performance with greater input.