Lunchtime Talk: x-OSC a wireless I/O device for creative applications

Where: Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX

When: 22 March 2013 1:00pm to 2:00pm

x-io Technologies is a Bristol-based company developing high-performance hardware for specialised real-time applications. In 2011 x-io Technologies were approached by UWE lecturer and PMS resident Tom Mitchell, and singer/songwriter Imogen Heap to help develop the motion tracking hardware for a cutting-edge gestural music system. The result was 'The Gloves', an ongoing collaboration which has now appeared in performances at TEDGlobal 2011/2012, Wired 2012, and recently headlining the AHRC Digital Transformations Moot.

In this lunchtime talk, Seb Madgwick, founder of x-io, and Tom will introduce x-OSC: a new flexible high-performance WiFi enabled I/O device that makes it simple for software to reach out and meddle with the real-world. x-OSC has been designed to enable the rapid prototyping of interactive systems, while simultaneously meeting the performance and reliability demands of a deployed system. Seb and Tom will discus the story behind the development of x-OSC and invite you to try out a bunch of demo applications and, if there's time, a bit of hacking.

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week. Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who's interested in what we do.

After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you'd like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around. Send an email to

Entry Cost: Free

Posted by: Verity McIntosh | 05-03-2013

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