A picture speaks a thousand words, or so they say, but can it also sing a hundred songs? That could very well be the case with scoreLight, a laser-based musical device which can generate real-time sound based on the shape of drawings or objects. This is made possible courtesy of 3D tracking technology developed at the Ishikawa-Komuro Laboratory in 2003, where lasers are used to trace the outline of any drawing or object. Whenever the laser moves across the contours, scoreLight will produce and modulate sound according to the curvature, angle, texture, color and contrast. For example, an abrupt change in the direction of a line will generate a discrete sound, leaving you with a steady rhythm instead if the laser follows a looped path. It would be interesting to see which of our superheroes sound best when the scoreLight dances over them – Spiderman or Wolverine?

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