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And now musical instruments for the pocket

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The Japanese are known to miniaturize and mobilize things that we here in US like big and bold. Following in that exquisite trend, the AU Mobile Communications unit of KDDI a telecommunications company and Yamaha have brought their powerhouse resources together to design some very interesting and cool stuff. The AU Design Project x Yamaha collaboration has some nifty, futuristic prototypes like Band in my pocket, Trio in your hand, Box to Play, Key to Touch and Sticks in Air. What are these you ask? These are all fun, creative, fusion devices that combine mobile handset with musical instruments. Let’s take a look:

Band in my pocket is a handset to which you can attach various accessories to create different instruments from harmonica to trumpet. The sound is produced by humming, “not mouth positions, so you can effectively play the instrument by making the proper tones yourself” according to Trends in Japan. The remaining controls for the instruments are on the accessories.

Trio in Hand is dual-flip phone that includes a scratch pad and sampler for mobile DJs while Sticks in Air act as two drumsticks that you can play in the air and the sticks recognize the beat through sensors. You just put the two sticks together when you want to use them as a phone. Cool, huh?

Box to play is a fold-able box containing a synthesizer, a scratch pad and other fun instruments as you can see in the picture below. Key to Touch as the name suggests is an electronic keyboard on the phone.

Now, these pictures don’t do justice to the instruments. You can however enjoy the launch show on PingMag‘s YouTube channel

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Written by dvdand

August 19, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Posted in Handsets, KDDI, Yamaha

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