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MIT’s KnittedKeyboard II may look like an art installation, but it’s actually a functional musical instrument. This fabric keyboard not only provides new interactions as well as tactile experiences for musical expressions, but it’s can easily be folded, rolled, and then packed up in luggage or a bag. It’s made from a collection of electrically-conductive thermoplastic and polyester, which when combined, create a 5-octave piano-patterned textile. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Google has added yet another tool, and this time, it’s aimed at musicians. Put simply, it’s an electronic tuner for your guitar or just about any other instrument, and works even on smartphones. Best of all, you aren’t required to download an app, just search “Google Tuner” in the web browser, allow access to your computer’s microphone, and start playing to tune the instrument. Read more for more pictures and information.
Limited to 100-pieces worldwide, the sleek Fender Lexus LC Stratocaster guitar was designed by Principal Master Builder, Ron Thorn, and sports an omnidirectional Structural Blue finish, which is essentially a spectral range that produces light metallic blue to deep midnight blue inspired by the Morpho butterfly. This is also the same paint used on the Lexus LC 500 coupe and the limited convertible Inspiration Series. Read more for a video and additional information.
The all-new LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster set, created in collaboration with fan designer Tomáš Letenay, celebrates the guitar famously played by music legends and upcoming artists alike. This 1970s Fender Stratocaster recreation fits on your desk and includes the option to either build a red or black version of the iconic instrument. Featuring six strings, movable tuning pegs and a tremolo arm for distortion. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review, additional pictures and information.
Philips Hue has teamed up with Spotify to create the first deep integration of lighting and music that will provide an immersive light and music experience unlike any other. There may be similar lighting systems that seemingly dance to your music, but this system uses the Philips Hue app to analyze the metadata for each Spotify song in real-time. This results in a light show that not only incorporates the beat of the song, but also reflects its mood, genre, tempo, segments, loudness, pitch and more. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition comes with something that isn’t common with laptops…a drum machine of sorts. That’s right, simply connect the box to the G14 with a USB Type-C cable and it turns into the ROG Remix sampler, complete with conductive pads on the surface that allow you to to activate 18 of Walker’s own sound effects. Read more for a hands-on video review, additional pictures and information.
Rapper Lil Uzi Vert is allegedly purchasing a strange planet 200-light-years from Earth, called WASP-127b. This gas giant expolanet is around 1.4-times larger than Jupiter and orbits an orange dwarf star in the constellation of Virgo. Unlike Earth, WASP-127b orbits so close to its home star that it completes an orbit in just over 4-days, with surface temperatures surpassing 1,000° C. Read more for two videos and additional information.
NASA’s Lucy spacecraft will not only feature a time-capsule featuring messages to future civilizations in the form of a plaque, but it will also be the first-ever mission to the Trojan asteroids. It aims to survey this mysterious group of small bodies that orbit the Sun beyond the main asteroid belt. They are trapped by Jupiter and the Sun so that they have led and followed the heavenly body in its orbit. Read more for a video about the mission and additional information.
Guitar Hero is a music rhythm video game that features a guitar-shaped controller, modeled after a miniature Gibson SG, used to simulate playing rock music. The player basically presses buttons on the guitar controller in time with musical notes that scroll on the game screen. Songs get harder to complete as you progress, with a few of them seemingly impossible, that is unless…you’re using Nick O’Hara’s Jon Bot Jovi. Read more to see this Guitar Hero robot in-action.
Inventor Henry Hanson wanted to create a trumpet unlike any other, and what he came up with was a block of concrete, literally. This fully-functional musical instrument was handcrafted from a single block of concrete, but the building process included several technologies that many are familiar with, including creating a virtual model and a 3D printer. Once a prototype was complete, finishing touches were added with wood and concrete. Read more for a video and additional information.