The Australian artist Dan McPharlin is responsible for these incredible miniature synthesizers. Dan certainly has an eye for science-fiction art. He’s created album covers, logos, and illustrations for magazines, but these tiny keyboards are my personal favorite.
Unfortunately, the synthesizers are not playable, but maybe that’s asking a bit much.
When asked about his interest in Synthesizers and Music in an interview, Dan responded:
“Music is very important. I feel a bit like I’m losing my soul if I’m not creating music regularly. The things I’m drawn to in music are similar to those I’m drawn to in visual art; form, space, atmosphere. I love music that evokes strange worlds, sound environments that seem more like natural phenomena than anything created by human or machine. I’m always listening to something while I work on my art; there are a handful of artists that tend to inspire the right mood while I’m creating; Gyorgy Ligeti, Arvo Part, Klaus Schulze, Jeff Mills, Basic Channel, Toru Takemitsu are a few names that come to mind.”
Also impressive is the sheer number of the miniature synthesizers he’s created. Check them all out at his Flickr page.
The time has finally come to control computers just like Tony Stark from Iron Man. For ~$70, “The Leap” is a mouse, keyboard, and touchscreen all-in-one.
From the Leap website:
“This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.”
I imagine the software will lag behind the hardware (i.e. kinect), but it will catch up eventually, and we’ll have some very cool applications for this — Iron Man-esque design, gaming, sculpture, robotics, surgery, and more.
Check out this video for some more ideas:
And you can read more at the Leap website. Preorder for $70…
In anticipation of a new RobotSpaceBrain project titled, KEYZ, I created this Keyz Desktop Wallpaper for you. If you can’t tell, these are keyboards, a WHOLE LOT of keyboards, that my friend Nick has collected over the years.
We will be doing a bit of cataloging in the near future, including sound bites, videos and ratings for many of them.
Look forward to more from this project in the summer and early fall.