The Virtual Music Instrument (VMI) utilizes existing computer and webcam technology to empower people with limited movement to study and perform music. The system reacts to movement without the need for physical contact ad can be adjusted to suit the physical requirements of the user.
Made possible through the generous support of the Vodafone Foundation and supporting Hobart Businesses, the VMI has been pioneered in Tasmania by Cerebral Palsy Tasmania and is being demonstrated to individuals and organisations around the state.
Recently the VMI was used to create live sound effects for Paper Wait, the inaugural performance of the Wheelie Wild Performance ensemble, a performing group whose members have cerebral Palsy. The performance was staged as part of the International Day of People With a Disability. The group is planning another piece for this year and the VMI will continue to play an integral part.