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V-Pick Virtual Guitar offers hope to air guitarists

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June 4, 2004

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If you've got the moves but not the musical ability this unique invention might have been ideal for you - bringing a new-dimension to the phrase 'air-guitar', the V-Pick Virtual Guitar allowed anyone to take to the stage in their own home. Unfortunately, the company and product appear to both be defunct, after a spectacular launch in 2002, though we still see the concept as a great idea. The V-Pick, which is slightly larger than a normal guitar plectrum, connected to your computer's USB port and when strummed against any object - the favourite being an old tennis racquet - the Player software took over to produce anything from blues riffs to blazing lead solos.

The sounds produced were not totally automated so a little rhythm was required to master this interactive axe and for those who wanted to expand the virtual band, a drum kit version utilising pressure-sensitive pads - V-Stix - was also available. V-Pick was available for purchase with a number of different software packages including a Beatles Edition.

Sad to see it go.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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