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August 5, 2006

Virtual Piano

at 6:16 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets

This Virtual Piano doesn’t look practical, but who says cool stuff needs to be practical… Looks like it is using the same technology as the laser keyboard.

“Digital Information Development (DID) has developed a highly portable virtual piano that is played with a keyboard consisting of projected laser beams.

The box-shaped device measures about 10 x 3 x 3 cm (4 x 1 x 1 in.) and weighs about 100 grams (3.5 oz.). Using a red semiconductor laser module and holographic optical element, the device projects a 25-key 2-octave keyboard onto the surface in front of it (black surfaces don’t work because they absorb the light). A CMOS camera module and infrared (invisible) red semiconductor laser module detect which keys are touched, and the corresponding notes are emitted from speakers built into the device. Chords can also be played, and DID claims it is technically possible to reproduce weighted notes (but presumably not with this version).”

Via: TechEBlog


 

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4 Responses to “Virtual Piano”

  1. jake Says:

    Can’t be used on black surfaces? Let’s check out that picture… hmm…..?

  2. Alan Parekh Says:

    I see your point Jake, I didn’t notice that until you mentioned it… I wonder if the picture on the left is usable and the one on the right looks good but can’t function.

  3. Eric Says:

    that pink looks a little bright for the eyes.

  4. BuzzBurster - Media, Music & Entertainment News Blog Says:

    Virtual Piano Anyone?

    You might have seen some time ago at boingboing.net the laser computer keybord. A little black box projecting a keyboard on any surface. Now a company from Japan developed a music Keyboard through the same system. Well, if you are able to play piano (o…

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