Freeze Your Booty: Lemur VJing on New Year’s Eve in 10-Below Wind Chills

Keep Your Resolutions Dance Party NYE 2009 from Robotkid on Vimeo. How did you spend your New Year’s Eve, visualists? And how much do you love live visuals and dancing? Our friend Robotkid (aka Josh Randall) just showed me this video of the frigid dance party in Boston, complete with –10-degree (Fahrenheit) wind chills and only 10-degree weather. (That’s 12 C, –23 C wind chill.) Despite the finger frostbite risk, that is a Lemur multi-touch controller you see briefly. This does reveal a certain challenge with capacitive touch as an input method: because it requires bare skin, you may freeze …

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Gibson Guitar to Guitar Hero Maker: We Own All Digital Musical Reality

Wannabe musicians: now the exclusive legal domain of Gibson Guitar? Photo: Unhindered by Talent. Are you making music without real acoustic instruments? You know, in, like, virtual reality? Then you may have stepped into a strange, alternate dimension. Let’s call it, for the sake of argument, The Gibson Zone. They control the horizontal. They control the vertical. They invented what you’re doing … right now. Or, at least, that seems to be the message sent by a recent patent dispute between Gibson Guitar Corporation and Guitar Hero developer Activision. (Harmonix, the original Guitar Hero developer, has moved on to Rock …

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More Apple Patents Suggest New Music App, Musical Instrument?

At the very least, it looks like Apple is working on significant new music software features, as you might expect. But depending on how you read their patents, new music hardware — even touchscreen hardware — could be in store. Apple is a big company with a lot of intellectual property, so teasing out patents can be difficult. But, as others have observed before, looking for Dr. Gerhard Lengeling, the Emagic founder who came to Apple along with his company, reveals interesting results: 20060278058: Frameless musical keyboard 20060272485: Evaluating and correcting rhythm in audio data 20060022956: Touch-sensitive electronic apparatus for …

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Macworld: Multi-Touch Apple Music Device Still to Come?

Eleven months before Steve Jobs took the stage, hrmpf.com broke the real story of the iPhone. But could that patent reveal more? Remember patent 0060026536? It’s the multi-touch, gestural patent Apple filed that was clearly the precursor of the Apple iPhone. Here’s the curious thing: the iPhone, as demonstrated at the Macworld keynote, isn’t all that focused on multi-touch. With the exception of Apple’s clever zooming gesture, most gestures are single-touch. Most are horizontal and vertical strokes similar to what you can already do on laptop touchpads. A lot of what gets put into patents never shows up in shipping …

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Apple’s Touchscreen Patent: Actual Patent Reveals Gestures, Not Hardware

With the Web abuzz about Apple’s latest patent, filing, it’s worth reading the actual patent, 0060026536. Like all patent filings, this research may never translate to a shipping product. But it does make for good reading, and it clears up some issues — the most important one being this is about gestures, not specific hardware. Oh, and yes, Apple is working on a touchscreen music mixer:

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Exclusive: Fold-Up, Full-Size Music Keyboard Patented

Full-size keyboards have one problem: they’re big. We’ve seen roll-up pianos, but limp pieces of vinyl with membrane action aren’t much fun to play. Ever looked at your keyboard and just wished you could fold it up? Inventor David Bubar thinks he’s got the answer. He’s patented a design for a fold-up keyboard, and has published the patent in hopes of generating interest. All the electronics for the keys and even a full-fledged synth action are there, but by dividing the instrument into modules with interconnecting sockets, Bubar claims you can fold his keyboard into an area a third its …

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