Musical Instrument InventionsOne of my favorite hobbies is creating new musical instruments. It began as a class at Stanford, and has become a full-fledged obsesision.
My first invention, which I started as a project at Stanford, is called the Kalichord. It's a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument, sort of a cross between a kalimba, kora, and accordian, you play basslines with your left hand and pluck virtual digital strings with your right hand. Read More
During my employment at Sennheiser, I have been lucky enough to be tech lead and interaction design lead on a project called "Tahoe", which is a microphone with MIDI controls embedded in it. The concept is simple - add buttons, faders, and motion sensors to a microphone. You can use the buttons for live looping, toggling effects, and even panning by pointint the mic (we embedded a gyro and accellerometer). You can see video of the Tahoe mic from NAMM 2011 here:
Here is master beatboxer Eklips tearing it up on the Tahoe mic: