As a young child, Dan Daily, Director of Musicode Innovations, watched his mother compassionately care for the disabled in a daycare that she owned and operated. Today, as a musician and music instructor, Daily is developing a musical instrument, the Midiwing, for those who lack the experience, physical ability, or maturity to play music with traditional instruments.
The Midiwing is a musical instrument that unites music and computer technology for those who lack the experience, physical ability, or maturity to play music with traditional instruments. To create the instrument, Dan Daily, Director of Musicode Innovations, reworked and recoded Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) technology and introduced ergonomic design. He applied to the New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program to receive help when he discovered the microcontroller he used was being phased out. The controller supports the interface with the musician by transmitting the data from the user to the audio instrument.
NMSBA matched Daily with Sandia National Laboratories’ Kent Pfeifer, an electrical engineer and musician himself. They partnered to create a new state-of-the-art design of controller. Daily sent Pfeifer his old microcontroller code and the desired criteria and function for the instrument. Together, the two rewrote the code, modernized the interface to use USB communication, refined the microcontroller for high-speed and low-power battery operation, and essentially created a new state-of-the-art design. The new Midiwing is slated to go into production at the end of 2013. Daily is currently focused on a series of pilot programs to help test and refine the product. “Thanks to the technical assistance from NMSBA, I will be market-ready once the refinements are made,“ says Daily.