I'm trying to experiment with a way of writing piano music that you basically 'pretend-play' on a surface with special gloves and that translates each 'touch' into some data that you can later look at and transform into something else.
I'm a software developer and don't have a lot of creativity with hardware. My question: Is there a better way of orchestrating this flow with respect to hardware choices than glueing piezo sensors on each fingertip and wiring it all up to an arduino that can send off those events to be stored (my first thought). I thought piezo sensors would be good because they can get the strength of each hit and I've worked a little bit with them before, but this just doesn't seem like a robust idea.
I'd also have to somehow capture the positions of each hit. I was originally thinking a giant touchpad (as long as a piano... somehow), but I'd have to use that with gloves to capture the strength of each hit.
It just seems like the wrong path. I know some electronic percussion instruments use pads that are sensitive to strength and area but I don't know what I can use to experiment and prototype.
I just need steered in the right direction!
Thanks Arduino community,