48 touch sensors in a 6 x 8 hexagonal array - each sensor can independently send both continuous control data and note-on/off events with velocity sensitivity simultaneously
2 assignable touch sliders
4 assignable touch-sensing function buttons with led feedback - can be either momentary or latching
usb device, showing up as a hid (human interface device) to the operating system
usb bus-powered - no additional power supply is needed. peak current requirement is around 370ma, so if it's powered by a hub, the hub may need to be plugged in
outputs centroid data to turn the manta into a large x-y multitouch surface, for applications that don't require discrimination between discrete sensors.
52 amber and 52 red user-controllable leds functioning as backlighting on each sensor, all controllable from the host computer. additionally, the two sliders each have 8 controllable amber leds.
sturdy handmade wooden casing
slim profile, 9.75" x 11.6" x 11⁄32" with no protruding knobs, buttons or sliders - fits in most laptop cases even with a laptop
low latency operation - around 6 ms
assembled in the usa (as of the 3rd edition, the pcb is now fabricated in china).
electronics made to rohs specifications (lead-free and without hazardous substances)
the manta is easy to use as an input for software like max/msp or supercollider, and free programs exist that allow any sensor to be routed to any midinote or continuous controller for interfacing with standard software like abelton live, kontakt, protools, reaper, reason, logic, or digital performer
with additional hardware (the mantamate) the manta can be used to control an analog modular synthesizer