I, Piano

When I saw this “hand roll piano” with a MIDI interface at King’s Idea Shop in Shinjuku earlier this year, I just thought it was a neat idea.

[hand roll piano available for purchase from here]

But, Professor Tsukamoto of Kobe University and his team had a much wilder idea about the use of similar flexible piano devices. They came up with this idea of a wearable piano, showed it off at a wearable computing fashion show in Japan last year, and presented a paper about it at a conference last month.

[wearable piano]

Someone says a next step of this could be a wearable orchestra with many other wearable musical instruments. I’d think of it more like a tool for participative improvisation jam sessions.

Paper Piano
Wearable Halfkeyboard