Wrist "piano" puts music at your fingertips
The new full-octave wrist-mounted finger piano
We've all drummed our fingers when impatient or bored, but the arrival of a wrist-mounted finger "piano" from Japan could change all that in a snap. It looks more like an EKG for your hand than a musical instrument but comes with a full octave of range - one note for each finger and three on the wrist unit.
The Wrist Piano is reminiscent of the piano gloves we covered a few years back. It offers three volume levels and three different sound banks: piano, bells, and, just so you know it comes from those wacky wizards in Japan, cat. Yes, the meowing kind of cat. No word on whether that choice makes dogs nuts, but hey, it's worth a try.
The wrist unit with three additional notes
Thinkgeek has them now and for a mere US$39.99, you, too, can turn the world into your own personal Steinway. If nothing else, it's a handy way to make friends (or enemies). Keep it on low until you get proficient!
Source: Thinkgeek via Ubergizmo
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Just one octave? Clearly not meant for the piano-playing folk. Don't get me wrong - it's a cool idea. But it's still just a novelty - and not usable for musicians.
Please, let a look at this:
it is something I have realized some time ago
Hit Keys, circa 1989
First presented as a glove with fingertip controls.
Manufactured by Nasta in 1989. Hit Keys features two halves of a keyboard, tethered by audio cables to an amplifier worn on the hip (electronics were larger back in the day). Each half of the keyboard is strapped to a different hand and played separately with one key for each finger and thumb. Hit Keys provides a choice of either piano or organ sounds. The amplifier requires one 9-volt battery and features a wheel for volume control.
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