There is Seaboard and some other alternatives; very interesting, but they’re not really playable as keyboards in the traditional sense, and their physics, compared to any real instruments is just… weird. Now, pre-order just opened for Expressive E Osmose - from the makers of the Touché, which I really like, as a viable and actually playable alternative to pedals, wheels, and even breath controllers.
And, it’s looking a lot like someone finally figured out how to do it! This is basically an implementation of most of the ideas that have crossed my mind in terms of evolution of the keyboard. Basically like having 44 tiny Touchés for keys, so you can just do away with wheels altogether. You can even play actual vibrato on it. (Possible on the Touché as well, though it takes practice, just like on cello, violin, etc. Need to relearn for each instrument. I suspect it might be easier on the Osmose than on the Touché, though.)
Thoughts? Anyone here tried one of the prototypes?