RAKS System

The Remote electroAcoustic Kinesthetic Sensing (RAKS) System is a wireless modular sensor interface designed specifically for the movement vocabulary of belly dance. It was developed with composer and belly dancer Aurie Hsu.

Compositions for the RAKS system include shadows no. 5 and shadows no. 6

Technical Specifications:

  • Arduino Lilypad
  • Xbee wireless network
  • Flex sensor
  • Accelerometer (ADXL203 +/-1.5g )
  • Finger cymbal switches
  • 2xAA power supply


For a complete and technical description, see our paper from the 2010 SIGCHI conference:
Aurie Hsu and Steven Kemper, “shadows No. 4: Belly Dance and Interactive Electroacoustic Musical Performance.” in Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (New York: Association for Computing Machinery, 2010)