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Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Virtual Air Guitar

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This is fricking sweet! Now all this time that you've been developing your air guitar skills in your room, pantless and still wearing socks can now be used for something (slightly) productive. Using a pair of orange gloves and a webcam you can now produce sweet chords with your imaginary guitar.

Playing air guitar is like playing rock guitar, only without an actual instrument, or musical skills. It is, in fact, not about playing an instrument, but putting on a wild show. Anyone can play air guitar - all you need is some music to play along to. But up until now, you've been restricted to following existing music.

Playing the Air Guitar is simple. You pull on a pair of orange gloves, press the start pedal, and rock on. Take a playing pose as if you were holding an imaginary guitar - left hand on the guitar's neck, and right hand near your hip. You will see yourself on a TV screen, with your orange gloves highlighted.

To be honest, the first thing I thought when I saw the video was, this would be awesome in a videogame. Truth be told, the technology, let alone the games for this already exist. Sony's Eyetoy could easily produce the same result, and the recently released Guitar Hero comes with its own Guitar peripheral. But what gets me excited is the idea of how easily this same idea could be used on the Nintendo Revolution. You could either use two controllers or an add-on peripheral to create the same experience. One hand would control the strumming, while the other could control the chords. As the players get more experienced they could start to actually learn the real chords and start learning how to play properly.

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