Researchers have coated a guitar tailpiece with a thin layer of DiaForce, which allows for accurate digital capture of complex playing movements (Photo: Fraunhofer)
Dipl.-Ing. Saskia Nina Biehl shows a guitar fitted with the new sensing technology (Photo: Fraunhofer, photographer: Kurt Fuchs)
For most of us, digitally capturing our six-string virtuosity involves plugging an axe into a guitar interface like Apogee's JAM and then launching some software on a laptop or mobile device. Researchers from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films are currently developing a somewhat neater, and potentially more accurate, solution that also holds the promise of replacing the humble guitar pickup. The guitar's tailpiece has been thinly coated with a contact material which is claimed to precisely capture complex playing movements in minute detail and convert them to digital control signals for onward processing.
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