Spaces like Make Hack Void support independent innovation that leads to developing the kind of technology that artists like Imogen engages in.
Imogen's open processes, of sharing her collaborations through social media, allow her listeners to engage directly with her. Examples of this can be seen in her previously mentioned Twitter Dress and tech-gloves (above).
These gloves are a cutting edge experimental gestural music ware being developed today for the purpose of Imogen Heap's studio and stage work. They are both an instrument and a controller in effect, designed to connect the user fluidly with gear performers usually use, such as Ableton - think minority report for musicians brought to you by the DIY/maker revolution.