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Uncovering Hidden Innovation in DIY Electronics
The Kyub Is A Literal Music Box For Three-Dimensional Jamming
by Kyle Patrick Cayabyab ▪ 4.3.2014 News

6efc73788c209b7872a2921e903e62b9_largeMusic based projects and products bring an eclectic flavor to the Maker community. Using a marriage of creativity and technology yields some of the most unique devices imaginable. One of these devices is a literal “music box” that looks like a wide-eyed dice and adds a quirky flair to MIDI keyboards. The Kyub is an open source feather touch MIDI keyboard that makes use of capacitive sensing and an accelerometer to make music creation more active and dynamic.

Started by Keith Baxter, who has also developed a popular servoelectric guitar, the Kyub features 11 fully programmable feather touch keypads, a three axis 3G accelerometer, a Teensy AVR microcontroller with native USB MIDI support, and three open source programs for experimentation and playing. The Kyub is also compatible with many software synthesizers including Propellerhead Reason Essentials, and iPad based synthesizers. For the past four months, Keith has been working with Petyr Stretz, a hacker and electronic music expert, and Peggy Brown, an industrial designer, to create an innovative product with a slick design.

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littleBits Orchestrate A Modular Harmony That Is Pleasant To The Ears And Mind
by Kyle Patrick Cayabyab ▪ 11.11.2013 News

We are moving into an age of creativity and customization; two worlds that are quickly reaching a convergence. The waves of artistic submissions found on numerous social media sites such as Vine, Instagram, and YouTube foster an evolving community, with passive collaborative inspiration in the form of memes fueling it. Businesses today are focusing more on the unique and small numbered rather than the vast quantities of uniform goods. Consumers want to change their products, to make them their own, as seen by increased customizability in products like the iPhone 5C. This uniqueness coupled with the desire to share the results of creative forging is greeted by an open source population of musical modules known as littleBits.

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Patchblocks Programmable Modular Synths
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 11.5.2013 News

Patchblocks is a new Kickstarter project aiming to develop a modular synthesizer and signal processing system that can be programmed by anyone, whether you are a musician, a tinkerer, or an engineer.

Each Patchblock synthesizer is a fully programmable signal processor. The design is simple: it has two buttons and two knobs. That might seem , but simplicity is the Patchblock’s strength. The included visual programming environment makes it easy to configure a Patchblock to apply any effect.

The software is free to download and try here: http://www.patchblocks.com/software (Note: as of writing, the download is down but it should be back soon). The interface is reminiscent of Max/MSP where the effects are created by connecting blocks together on the screen. For example, you can string together a control input block to a saw wave block’s frequency input. The program includes an emulator that allows you to test your creations – also known as “patches” – before you program your Patchblock hardware.

The Patchblock software in action.

The Patchblock software in action.

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Wouldn’t It Be Amazing If…
by Kyle Patrick Cayabyab ▪ 10.8.2013 Features

These days people are striving to discover the newest forms of media either to be hip on the newest trends or simply to explore just how far technology can go. I’d like to see where it hasn’t gone yet and what can be potentially created to fill the missing spaces.

Virtual Learning Desks Taught Technical Skills

Imagine a fully dynamic workbench that can create a virtual overlay onto the equipment you are using. This has educational benefits as students who are visual learners will be able to have clear guidance to how to construct various contraptions and learn basic technical skills that will prove useful later in life. A virtual learning desk can also provide for the budding inventor a space to bring new ideas from conception to prototype in a trial by fire way without the physical consequences. As projection media moves forward, there can be no limitations to virtual resources leading to the rapid creation of new innovations.

You Could Artificially Induce Lucid Dreaming

The world of your dreams is right in front of you within, well, your dreams. Go to exotic locales, real or fantasy, live your greatest memories, and reunite with loved ones. These acts are feasible when mastering the art of lucid dreaming, the act of controlling the content of your dreams. Normally a technique that requires tremendous and tedious practice before even achieving a small instance, artificial induction could bypass that and even bring about the next stage in virtual reality.

You Could Go On A Music Exploration

I am always on the hunt for new music and genres to listen to, but being thrown into a flurry of obscurity and lackluster methods of song comparison, I often reach a wall where all that’s left is stale, at least for the time being. Much like the artists that produce the auditory pieces, musical taste is dynamic, covering a multitude of passions, inspirations, tools used, rhythmic patterns, and tone. In the same vein as eHarmony, having the ability to at least determine the climate of your musical tastes would be fantastic, but to be able to explore new artists and genres as well would be icing on the vinyl themed cake!

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