Birdkids OffGrid: Force sensing, motion mapping, Bluetooth controller
OffGrid uses Force Sensing Resistor technology and motion sensors to throw MIDI and MPE parameters into your phone, computer or hardware.
We first heard about “Grid” back in March 2020 when it became an unsuccessful Kickstarter controller for phones. Since then the idea has evolved, picked up some colours and coolness and expanded itself into being much more than a phone controller. OffGrid is now looking pretty sweet.
OffGrid offers a 4×4 grid of squishy and pressure-sensitive “Performance Matrix” buttons, a game-controller style modulation joystick and 4 distinct ranges of motion control. You can plug it into any computer with the USB cable or Bluetooth your way to any compatible device. OffGrid then appears as a MIDI device for mapping and control in any way you want. In addition, there are some transport controls, octave up/down buttons, and mode buttons to shift between presets.
The Performance Matrix starts off as an octave and a bit of notes. You can change the root note, octave and select from a whole bunch of scales making it a very playable little box. Yeah, this is a great little thing!
BirdKids are releasing OffGrid as a limited run in three colours of €165 ex VAT. Any orders taken now will ship in the new year.