12/30/2011 05:04 EST | Updated 02/29/2012 05:12 EST

AUDIO | Virtual instrument allows disabled musicians to play

A virtual instrument that allows musicians with disabilities to create music by moving their body has been developed at the Bloorview Research Institute in Toronto.

Eric Wan, a graduate student in engineering who played violin before an infection rendered him paraplegic, worked with engineer Tom Chau to help develop the Virtual Music Instrument.

Wan also gave the VMI its professional debut, in a concert with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra this November.

The VMI has software that works like a motion sensor, responding to movement as small as the flicker of an eye and translating it into music.

CBC’s Aaron Saltzman reports on the potential of the technology to empower disabled children.