The Artiphon Instrument 1 has already raised over $600k of its $75k goal on Kickstarter, with 31 days still to go!

A guitar is designed to be strummed; piano keys are pressed; drum pads are tapped; violins are bowed. But what if a single instrument could be played with any of these techniques? That’s exactly what we’re creating – one instrument that lets you be the whole band.

Artiphon Instrument 1

It works with any music creation software that uses the MIDI standard, which is the universal language of digital music. MIDI has been around for over 30 years, and lets electronic instruments tell each other what notes to play and how they should sound. But don’t worry: we’ve made it easier than ever to get started making digital music; no acronyms required.

Artiphon

  • Play any instrument, style, and sound with a single device that connects directly to your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
  • Our patented multi-instrument technology transforms the INSTRUMENT 1 into a guitar, violin, bass, piano, drum machine… it’s any instrument you want it to be.
  • Plug in and play 100’s of apps like GarageBand with universal musical gestures: strumming, tapping, bowing, sliding, and more.
  • Digital string-like interface works with any MIDI-compatible software.
  • The unique ergonomic design can be held in multiple positions, and is fully ambidextrous.
  • Design new instruments and custom tunings via the Artiphon companion app.
  • It’s compact, portable, durable, self-powered, and simple.
  • Designed and engineered in Nashville, TN.

(via fubiz)

Shape of things to come

The Artiphon multiple instrument

“A guitar is designed to be strummed; piano keys are pressed; drum pads are tapped; violins are bowed. But what if a single instrument could be played with any of these techniques? That’s exactly what we’re creating – one instrument that lets you be the whole band.”

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Shape of things to come

‘1984’ stealth fashion for the under-surveillance society

It’s all a little hipster for my tastes, but I appreciate concept for this Nineteen Eighty-Four themed clothing Kickstarter.

The Affair - 1984 collection

Big Brother is real and he’s watching. Become untrackable and unhackable with UnPocket™ enabled stealth fashion. #GoDark

The UnPocket

I particularly like the UnPocket, which protects the contents from water as well as surveillance…

The Affair - Unpocket

Every piece in the ‘1984’ collection is built around a removable stealth pocket made from police-grade shielding fabrics that securely block all Cell, WiFi, GPS and RFID signals to ~100 dB.

We’re calling it the UnPocket™ in homage to Orwell because it works much like Winston Smith in the bowels of Minitrue: simply pop your phone, passport and bank cards inside and become invisible to Big Brother within seconds.

I know a tin would probably do the job just as well, but I’m thinking of backing at the £18 level to just get one of these.

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Otto: A customizable camera powered by Raspberry Pi

Meet Otto, a hackable GIF camera powered by a Raspberry Pi. It’s on Kickstarter now and costs either $149 or $199, depending on how quickly you get your pre-order in.

I really like this Otto prototype photograph that appears on the Next Thing website:

Otto prototype camera

I think this could be the inspiration I needed for my own Raspberry Pi project!

(via raspberrypi.org)

Previously on Rapid Notes

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Birth of Man – a Minecraft feature film

Updated 7th Feb 2014

We don’t allow half a million kickstarters based on our ip without any deals in place. :/
Notch, creator of Minecraft

Tragically, it seems that Brandon Laatsch didn’t ask Mojang for permission to make his Minecraft film. The Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled, the videos that I published here have been pulled from YouTube (though the trailer can still be seen on the Kickstarter page) and there has been no word from Brandon either via Kickstarter update or his Twitter account. All a bit of a shame really, especially as the film had already raised 10% of the $600,000 required in under one day and Brandon would certainly have been able to deliver a pretty cool film.

Original post follows for context →

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To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure

Slate’s Alison Hallett writes about and reviews Ryan North’s Kiskstarted “chooseable-path adventure” version of Hamlet, brilliantly titled To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure:

Thanks to media attention and a viral spread it became the most funded publishing project in Kickstarter history, surpassing its initial $20,000 goal by more than half a million dollars.

North’s campaign was very close to perfect, one that should serve as inspiration to anyone who wants to crowdfund a creative project: The concept was innovative; the reward tiers were thoughtfully designed; North communicated clearly and enthusiastically with backers at every step of the process; and the project not only delivered what was promised but improved upon the initial concept. As the book arrives in backers’ mailboxes this month, it’s worth asking: Is it a good book? Is it $580,905 good?
Outrageous Fortune – slate.com

Personally, as a backer I only care that it is $35 good.

To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure Kickstarter may not have any rules about how excess funds are used, but I imagine in most cases (like this one) that the scale of production grows larger by the same proportion and the funds are consumed that way. It’s not like North suddenly has half a million dollars burning a hole in his pocket.

Fun fact: North signed 13,200 paperback books. In one sitting he signed 4,340 books, thrashing the Guinness World Record figure of 1,951. That has to be worth something alone!

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Is Kickstarter hostile to science?

Popular Science is worried that by discouraging a promising science project, Kickstarter could be encouraging corporate monopolies, enabling sloppy legislation, and keeping cool glow-in-the-dark plants out of our houses.

On July 31, Kickstarter updated its guidelines to include this sentence: “Projects cannot offer genetically modified organisms as a reward.” That seems like a small and specific ban, but there’s a lot more going on here than that suggests: this is about the future of science funding, the future of agriculture, of bedroom experimentation and synthetic biology and the impact of all of that on nature. And it’s about whether Kickstarter has a problem with science.
Is Kickstarter Hostile To Science?

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Double Fine’s Massive Chalice on Kickstarter

MASSIVE CHALICE is a single player turn-based tactics game within a multi-generational strategy campaign built for replayability.

As an immortal King or Queen, you must unite your kingdom under a powerful dynasty, eliminate the demonic threat, and reforge the MASSIVE CHALICE!