gTar Helps You Learn to Play Guitar Easier

There’s no shortcut when learning to play a musical instrument, it’s not going to be easy unless you’re a musical genius. gTar has been designed and developed to help you learn to play guitar easier, it has a multi-touch LED fretboard to guide you what to play and how to play it. This digital device looks exactly like a real guitar, with real stings and working frets, the idea here is to help you gain skills which are transferable to your real acoustic or electric guitar.

The company claims that their learning system is simple and good, that you’ll be able to play a song in 15 minutes. This device is made to work with iPhone, the gTar app allows you to learn how to play your favorite songs in minutes through the LED freatboard that lights up, giving you hints here and there. The app allows you to create beats, melodies, and rhythms even when you don’t have any musical skills.

Designer : Incident

gTar : electric guitar by Incident

gTar : electric guitar by Incident

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Ttone Interaction Toothbrush Plays Music as Your Children Brushing Their Teeth

Teaching children the importance of brushing their teeth would be so much fun with Ttone Interaction Toothbrush. This little toothbrush provides exciting, interesting, and interactive experience for children, they can have fun while developing healthy dental hygiene habits. This tool plays music without batteries, it captures kinetic energy produced when your children doing brushing actions. The music is produced by the replaceable brush, when you replace it with a new brush, you get a new musical tune so your children won’t get bored. This music encourages children to brush and with the correct time, in this way, parents also know whether their child has completed the brushing time or not.

Designer : Nien-Fu Chen

Ttone Interaction Toothbrush by Nien-Fu Chen

Ttone Interaction Toothbrush by Nien-Fu Chen

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Gen-X Buskers Amp : Mobile Musical Equipment for Street Performers by Nathan McDonald

The problem all musicians have is the transportation of their musical equipment, and it is because of this that you will often see a guitarist (for example) struggling down the street with his/her guitar and case, an amplifier, and a backpack full of other stuff they need (like cables, foot pedals, a microphone and stand, and a drink).

Based on extensive research done by Nathan McDonald, a product designer, he found that buskers (street performers) have two options in the way they perform: they can either play acoustically and strain their voices to be heard, or they can play electrically but have to bring their own power source. The most common power source for this is a car battery, which is just something else to carry, and car batteries are not light! This is where the Gen-X Buskers Amp comes in.

The Gen-X Buskers Amp is an innovation in mobile musical equipment. The Gen-X incorporates a back-pack style design, this is to aid in the transportation of musical equipment, since it is easy to carry and other smaller pieces of equipment can be stored inside the Gen-X’s storage compartment. For increased sound quality the Gen-X has a hard polypropylene shell, but because of this the back panel has to be shaped to fit the spine for comfort. The Gen-X uses 3 oval speakers that have been arranged to create the ‘new face of outdoor performing’.

Although named a ‘buskers amp’ this could in fact be used by any musician on the move. Gen-X Buskers Amp can be used outside, powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery, or indoors powered by an AC adaptor.

Designer : Nathan McDonald

Gen-X Buskers Amp by Nathan McDonald

Gen-X Buskers Amp by Nathan McDonald

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C-Orby Composer Cooker : Listen To The Music Composed by Your Food

C-Orby Composer Cooker transforms every smell and flavor of your food into unique musical and visual performance. We can taste and smell delicious food but that’s it, this cooker tries to bring our senses to another level when it comes to food. This device is completed with smell sensor and taste sensor where each of them should have different tune. In this way, when you cook your food using C-Orby Composer Cooker, it defines what you put inside. Since every ingredient has different kind of tune datas, they can be composed into unique songs and visualizations using its custom made algorithm. So, not only you’ll be able to smell and taste your food, you can now listen to them.

Designer : Orcum Erdem

C-Orby Composer Cooker by Orcum Erdem

C-Orby Composer Cooker by Orcum Erdem

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Band In Your Pocket Cell Phone Can Transform You Voice Into 5 Different Musical Instruments

If someone is claiming in the phone that he or she can play 5 musical instruments with great expertise, before getting amazed of his or her stunning abilities, make sure he or she doesn’t own a Band in Your Pocket cell phone.

Band in Your Pocket is a cell phone concept that has the technology to transform your voice into 5 different instruments through different attachments. This innovative tool is something you must admire as a way of expressing your feelings and emotions in a more intuitive way. The device comprises superb textures and attractive finishes that ensure enhanced aesthetics along with unique functionality. You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yvas9xKCeI

Designer : Marianne Bailey

band in your pocket cell phone

band in your pocket cell phone

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Opus Personal Composition Assistant : Compose, Record, and Produce Your Music !

Check out this wireless multi-track recording device known as Opus especially designed for musicians. It allows the user to intuitively compose, record and produce musical material. A musician can intimately interact with another musician around the world in a virtual live setting via an Internet based community. Opus is a portable unit with an integrated stand that can be taken anywhere for live and studio applications. Opus allows you to record up to three tracks at one time. So, this wireless device is surely a modern way to have Live Audition and Rehearsal Studio.

opus personal composition assistant

opus personal composition assistant

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“Xylophone Bin”, Musical Bin Concept

“Xylophone Bin” is an amazing creation by Dominic Wilcox designed for Danish Company Vipp’s charity auction event held in New York. It is not an ordinary bin but it plays music. Xylophone bin is made up of oak and steel. When you press the pedal, the lid opens and it releases a ball that travels down a spiral set of xylophone steps around the bin. Whenever that ball touches a step, a note is played and while going down, the note gets lower. It is hard to see such a musical concept and that too for a good cause.

xylophone bin

xylophone bin

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Broadcast Your Music With Freesbe

“Freesbe” is a great concept to broaden your musical horizon. If you are a true lover of wireless technology then this concept is specially designed for you. With the help of this you can easily broadcast your music. Not only this, it gives you the chance to listen to what others are listening. You can say that Freesbe is a Radio with a difference. It is really exciting to create your own radio network totally made by what others are listening. Its sleek black look adds to your style and you can easily hang it or keep it in your pocket.

freesbe broadcast your music

freesbe wireless technology to broadcast your music

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With Pacer Suit, Hear The Music With Every Move of Your Body

Imagine this…for every move you make, you can create a unique sound, cool huh? I bet DJ will love this PACER suit concept. The Pacer suit receives electro impulses that appear when muscles are activated (movement), amplifies them and turns them into sound with the help of the sensors attached to muscles. Each impulse is goes through the sensors via amplifiers (boxes on the back) to control panel where we can control volume, type of sound, select rhythm to follow…With this suit it is possible to produce harmonious rhythm and melody by dancing. These sounds can be heard through headphones connected to the control panel (box on the front) or through the speakers connected to the control panel by infrared rays.

This system is not entirely made for fun as it has enormous stimulating power and it can be quite efficiently used in therapeutic treatments where ever is necessary to stimulate muscle workout and movement of the body as a whole.

pacer musical suit

pacer musical suit concept

pacer musical dj suit

Designer : Nikola Knezevic and Danilo Zizic

Ready to Rumble with Musical Rumba Table Series from Musical Furnishings

This unique table surely will entertain you and your guests no matter they are a musician or not. Musical Furnishings has launched the Musical Rumba Series tables, hand built by artist Tor Clausen in his Olympia, Washington studio, and each one comes with a collection of interchangeable and re-arrangeable percussion inserts. Design your own personal drum table with durable, interchangeable and rearrangeable percussion inserts. Choose from four different sized tables to suit your musical and space needs. The smallest table accepts four of the smaller instruments and the largest accepts sixteen. Watch the video to understand why we are so exciting to get our hands on this table.

musical rumba series from musical furnishings

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Runbell for Urban Runner to Warn Pedestrians

I’ve never thought running would require a bell, but this little accessory actually comes in handy when you use shared pathways. Runbell is a little tool to help create safe and supportive running environment for both runners and pedestrians, especially when you run on crowded area. This bell embraces the ring form where you can wear on your finger as part of your running gear, easy to use and lightweight. The ring design fits a range of finger sizes and features the quality of fine jewelry.

Don’t underestimate the size of this bell, it is constructed of high quality brass to create loud, musical ring, making other people to pay attention to the source of the sound. Since people don’t have the exact same size finger, Runbell has been designed to be a bit oversized, you are given 2 pairs of silicone inserts that can reduce the ring size to fit your finger perfectly.

From : Runbell

Runbell for Urban Runner

Runbell for Urban Runner

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Yamaha Raijin “God of Thunder” Drums Designed by Motorcycle Designers

From motorcycle to music, this is what happens when motorcycle designers are tasked to design a musical instrument: Yamaha Raijin “God of Thunder” Drums. Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has worked together for the “AH A MAY” project. They decided to switch 2 design divisions between them to design products without limiting their creativities and imaginations. We’ve featured Fujin Marimba before, this is the other cool musical instrument: Raijin Drums.

The designer has a vision to design drums that will allow a drummer go beyond existing method to express themselves. The result is globe like drums where performers can let their imaginations run wild on different kinds of drums that surround them. The center piece is the performer, Raijin would definitely create unique dynamic world of sound. Take a look at the first image, Yamaha should dress the guy in orange jumpsuit, with hair like that, he could be Naruto Uzumaki.

Designer : Design Center, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Yamaha Raijin 'God of Thunder' Drums

Yamaha Raijin 'God of Thunder' Drums

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Yamaha Fujin “God of The Wind” Marimba for 2 Performers

As part of “AH A MAY” project, Yamaha has exchanged design fields of their 2 design divisions. Now, imagine when a motorcycle designer is tasked to design a musical instrument. The result is Fujin “God of The Wind” Marimba, it’s a conceptual music instrument designed for 2 performers where they can combine and multiply their energy. Since there are no constraints related to production or commercialization, the designer has come up with really unique and creative design. The seating of these performers might remind you to the image of a 2-seater motorcycle, they get to enjoy the trill of un-expecting swings and gaps as they play the marimba.

Designer : Design Center, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Fujin 'God of The Wind' Marimba by Yamaha Motor

Fujin 'God of The Wind' Marimba by Yamaha Motor

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AH A MAY Project: Root Motorcycle by Kazuki Kashiwase

Do you want to know what happen when musical instrument designers design a motorcycle? Well, project AH A MAY (Yamaha spelled backwards) has interesting idea by exchanging Yamaha 2 design divisions and give them tasks outside their design fields without any constraints related to commercialization or production. The project goal is for designers to stimulate each other’s imaginations while creating products that embodied their shared image of Yamaha. The result is amazing, such as Yamaha Root Motorcycle.

This concept motorcycle takes the meters on the instrument panel off the rider’s view. The designer wants to make sure that this little change would enable rider to be a part of the passing scenery, enjoy their surroundings instead of focusing on the instrument panel of the motorbike. The form of Root has been designed to flow continuously from the seat to the fuel tank, inspired by a horse motif that aims to give a sense of harmony among people, nature, and the vehicle.

Designer : Kazuki Kashiwase (Design Laboratory, Yamaha Corporation)

Root Motorcycle by Kazuki Kashiwase (Design Laboratory, Yamaha Corporation)

Root Motorcycle by Kazuki Kashiwase (Design Laboratory, Yamaha Corporation)

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Synchrony Music Therapy Platform to Develop Intimacy Between Parents and Children with Autism

To help parents to create connection with their children that have autism, Kenneth Tay has designed Synchrony. It’s a music therapy platform where both parents and children are able to develop intimacy while understanding each other through improvised music play. Synchrony has been designed to emit harmonious sound regardless musical ability, thus, making this device a platform that both parties enjoy during music making process. Parents and children can both coexist in a shared space where they communicate non-verbally through music, connecting in interpersonal play while working towards therapeutic goals.

It’s been known that parents with autistic children also go through an equally tough time as well, this condition can trigger stress, frustration, and social pressure.

Designer : Kenneth Tay

Synchrony Music Therapy Platform by Kenneth Tay

Synchrony Music Therapy Platform by Kenneth Tay

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