Bluetooth enabled sensor bow for string quartet with integrated software.
- Dates: 2009
- Role: Software Director, Lead Programmer
- Keith McMillen – Founder / President Keith McMillen Instruments, Hardware and Creative Director
- Ashley Adams – Creative Advisor
- Nick Bonardi – User Interface Design, Programmer
- Don Buchla – Hardware Advisor
- Chuck Carlson – Programmer
- Justin Catalana – Electronics
- Joel Davel – Electronics
- David Hishinuma – Electronics
- Sarah Howe – Tester, Documentation
- Marielle Jakobsons – Creative Advisor
- Conner Lacy – Programmer
- Dan Maloney – Assembly, Electronics
- Danishta Rivero – Tester, Documentation
- Denis Saputelli – Electronics
- Mike Zawitkowski – Business
The K-Bow, by Keith McMillen Instruments, is the worlds first stage-worthy wireless sensor bow for string instruments. The bows capture gestures from real-time performance, and transmit the data via a Bluetooth connect to a computer where it can be used to process sound, control an electronic composition, or manipulate video.
The bows give a detailed measure of every aspect of your playing. The bow contains a variety of sensors to capture your performance including a 3d accelerometer, hair tension sensor, grip pressure sensor, bow length and bow to fingerboard sensors.
By enabling the string quartet to access the unlimited sound world of the computer, the K-Bow advances western art music to places never before possible, and allows the interpretation of electronic scores by multiple ensembles.
Complete with integrated software, the K-Bow applications feature sophisticated DSP processing that allow performers to process their sound, recording multitrack loops, control surround panning, and communicate with other software; all from their familiar instrument.
- The Art of Sound – Syracuse New Times, November 2011
- An Interview with Keith McMillen – Cycling ’74, March 2009
- Top 10 Products from Winter NAMM 2009 – Mix Magazine, February 2009
- Electronic Musician TV – February 2009
- K-Bow Instigates Symphonic Class Warfare – Gearwire, November 2008
- Keith McMillen Unveils String Instrument Interfaces – Electronista, November 2008