Stribe1: Touchstrip + LED Bargraph Display from CuriousInventor on Vimeo.

The Stribe, created by DIYer Josh Boughey, was always an interesting concept. It combines a set of touch sensors with strips of LEDs for visual feedback. But partly because of the nature of the problem, and partly because of how it was designed, the original Stribe was something of a beast, both in size and underlying hardware complexity (meaning, too, cost).

I see via the rapid-fire feed at Synthtopia that Josh has revised that design to a set of just two columns of (stereo-style) LEDs. The result: the design is much more compact, and it’s just US$79.99 for the kit. Now, arguably, you could do the same with a fader. And, true, you can daisy chain these units together to form more units. But I think the Stribe1 benefits from its slimmed-down new form.

New Kit: Stribe1 Touch LED Strip Controller

It’s always interesting to see how things evolve. Let us know your thoughts on the new Stribe1, and if you get one, do send us a report. For more on the Stribe, check out our original exclusive-scoop interview with Josh from February:

Hands-on, Interview: Stribe Multi-Touch Controller

… and, more recently, some reflections on touch interfaces in general (with plenty of interesting comments):

Stanton to Release Touch DJ Controller; Surface One, Thunder, Reborn?

  • I'm definitely interested in getting one. If it had haptic feedback (vibration at the point of touch) it'd be even better IMHO.

  • Josh

    Thanks for the article Peter!

    I politely beg to differ on one point: "Now, arguably, you could do the same with a fader."

    Despite the apparent similarity, a stribe is very different from a fader. A fader is a handle stuck in a groove, whereas a stribe is a touch-sensitive strip that is essentially "random access". With a fader, the handle can only slide between two points, touching all intervening points along the way. With a stribe, you can "drum" your fingers along the strip and get an instantaneous response from each touch, such as the cursor jumping to discrete locations each time, regardless of linear order. This produces some very unique effects that could never be achieved with a fader. One example would be to map the strip to a scale of 8 notes, and turn it horizontally. Now you can play the strip like a little 8 note (mono) keyboard. With a fader similarly configured you could only play the notes in ascending or descending order.

  • apalomba

    I agree, if I could play the slider and add vibrato, then you would have something I would
    be excited about. As it is, it is no different
    than one of the sliders on my uc33e. Hell I even
    get eight of them with that.

  • apalomba

    Although random jumping is nice, I'll give you that.

  • srinivas siddarth

    great invention, has terrific future applications in music creation, and in playing instruments.

  • Josh

    Here's an example of how the stribe is more than just a fader:

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