Feeds

Man makes music on Linux-based touchscreen guitar

Spinal Touch

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Forget everything you know about guitars – acoustic or otherwise — because a hi-tech guitar has been designed that replaces strings and strumming with a touchscreen and Linux.

The Misa Digital Guitar is shaped like a traditional electric guitar, but made from plastic and – instead of strumming — requires the player to tap their fingers on an 8.4in LCD.

Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Adobe.com

The process sounds bizarre, though Misa’s creator – a software developer known only as Michael – makes playing the futuristic guitar look extremely easy in his demonstration video (shown above).

Misa replaces strings with six rows of metal contacts and 24 sets of equally-spaced frets, allowing players to produce different notes as they simultaneously tap their fingers on Misa’s screen.

Misa

Misa's frets are not pressure sensitive

The guitar’s touchscreen only supports single-touch tapping. Sounds get louder the further towards the bottom of the touchscreen you tap, with more distorted sounds created by moving to the right of the screen.

Misa contains a 500MHz AMD Geode processor and runs the Gentoo version of Linux, which Michael said “is just for the brains of the guitar”. Sound is produced by plugging the instrument into a Midi controller.

Michael has promised that the guitar will be produced in black and white body colours. A price or launch date hasn't been set, though you can register your interest online now.

Misa Digital – presumably the company set-up to handle the instrument's impending sales – is based in Australia. Register Hardware is keeping its fingers crossed for a UK launch. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.