A group of young Spanish professionals and scientists have designed the prototype of a portable professional piano, which fits in a backpack, connects to the mobile phone and allows music to be played anywhere and shared.
The promoters of this mini-piano, called “PocketPiano”, want to start marketing it next year.
The founders’ forecast is to make an initial production of between 500 and 1,000 units of the instrument, based on the Internet of Things (IoT) and which will also have a suitcase specially designed to carry it.
The instrument can be connected to the mobile phone to record performances, read scores in real time or share pieces and is also equipped with headphones to listen to music in the mode of immersive binaural sound.
PocketPiano, which will be marketed with a box of 20 x 20 x 42 centimeters, deployed has dimensions of 16.4 centimeters long and 131 centimeters wide and will also have pedals.
The piano “offers a unique solution to play anywhere an instrument as large as a piano,” explains Josep Bergadà, one of the promoters of the project. The “PocketPiano” has achieved different recognitions from the world of technological entrepreneurship, including the opportunity offered by TechCrunch Disrupt that led them to make a presentation in Silicon Valley, in San Francisco (USA).
“It is not a toy, but a professional piano. For this reason, we have invested a lot of effort in designing the sensors in order to be able to replicate the sensation of the wooden piano from the percussion of each element”, details Bergadà.
The idea arose when Bergadà began to play the instrument, which generated “the vital need” to be able to rehearse wherever he was and it was found that having this option “was a very difficult thing”.