Totally Cool Jamstik Portable Digital Guitar with MIDI, iOS Compatibility
Jamstik portable digital guitar from Zivix, featuring MIDI connection, real strings and frets.
Unlike most “guitar” type products that connect to smart devices, Jamstik feels like a real guitar with strings and frets, so beginners can develop callouses as they learn how to play with Zivix’s forthcoming iPad program.
The secret is in the infrared sensors on the surface of the fret board. They are so sensitive that they can detect exactly where the fingers are positioned, how firmly they’re planted on the board, and what types of effects are being applied to the strings.
Only the top frets—the ones used 95% of the time—are represented on the board. The goal was to be able to fit the device in a back pack.
Zivix’s forthcoming guitar-lesson software, along with the Jamstik, will provide a great educational tool for beginners. But it’s also a great device for practicing or getting inspired when you’re relaxing at Starbucks or commuting to work. Since it connects with mobile devices via a MIDI, it also works with third-party jamming software.
Zivix itself has been making educational and entertainment apps (JamParty is pretty popular) for musical instruments. The company expects the product will sell for about $299 and is currently looking for “just the right partner,” says Zivix engineer Ed Cannon.
Definitely watch the video below. It captures the IR sensors lighting up—which you can’t see with the naked eye.
VIDEO: Jamstick portable digital guitar from Zivix