Rachel Hachem, a senior creative technologies in music major, led a collaborative project between Virginia Tech’s Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) and Sensel, Inc., to create software capable of communicating with a device that can translate finger pressure into sound and light.

The first Virginia Tech student to select creative technologies in music as a major, Hachem wrote code and led the development of the software under the mentorship of Ico Bukvic, a professor of in the School of Performing Arts and director of L2Ork.

The partnership between L2Ork and Sensel, a tech company specializing in computer interaction, began in 2018.