Pneumatic Guitar Vs Flying Robots

Will we need musicians in the future? This guitar is controlled by iPad and uses 62 pistons to pluck the strings. Meanwhile, flying robots are taking over...

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Ladies and gentleman, let us introduce you to the most ridiculous guitar in the world.

Clippard Instrument Laboratory have invented a self-playing guitar, which strums itself thanks to a 62 pneumatic pistons.

Musicians can control it with an iPad keyboard going into an Alesis audio interface, but we think it works more as a proof-of-concept creation than a commercial music product. Obviously.

It might seem crazy, but we still have to give props to Clippard's dedication. It can pick or strum the guitar as well as create percussive sounds, but alongside iPad integration, it's really just a gimmick.

It's not the only robotic instrument to debut online this week. A swarm of flying robots were programmed to play the James Bond theme, which is impressive if not completely weird. Maybe its creators only made it so we'd think they were cute rather than the future of warfare, but who knows.

Watch the pneumatic guitar:

Design News TV: Clippard Demonstrates Pneumatic Guitar from UBMDeusM on Vimeo.

Watch robots play James Bond:

What musical wizardry do you predict for the future? Let us know in the comments and we might use your ideas in a future feature.

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    spiff-corgi
    Why isn't the video of a pneumatic guitar fighting to the death with a flying robot? Majorly disappointed.
    The_Drooge
    My roommate showed me a video of those flying robots and he was so afraid of the military using them as stealth bombers. I can't wait to show him what stupid thing they're really being used for.
    StratusX
    Anyone else notice the guy in the first video ask if it could strum all FIVE strings?
    cyanide02
    Hmmm, I guess it's pretty clever. Kinda seems like a waste of effort though imo. I'd love to see it fingertap!
    Maestro1600
    tennesseehild wrote: Dude get over yourself. Yeah I work electronics too and I'll second it's a pain in the butt, but still this is such bullsh*t. We are slowly eliminating real music with all our gadgets and gizmos. There are just some places science shouldn't go, and not just science, dubstep?... What is that sh*t absolutely no f*ck musical talent what so ever.
    Hmmm, pretty sure there're some people loving dubstep thinking 'That heavy metal racket is all rubbish with no musical talent...' It's not my bag, but let them enjoy their music, and you enjoy yours.
    Basti95
    The robots made me giggle. They're cute But yes, they're here to destroy us.
    Zombow
    Evangelion 00 wrote: What that guy was thinking before he made that pneumatic guitar - "hmmm I can't play ze guitar for shit so i"ll make a machine to do it for me, I'll totally get some chicks man" No you won't... Cool use of technology but seriously if you wanna play a guitar just learn how.
    Are you a troll or just a retard? Let people make masterpieces like that if they want to... It's brilliant and great. I bet they can play guitar, but that's totally unrelevant... What they made was a ROBOT/MACHINE guitar picker. I actually study electronics and electricity and belive me, it's hard to make such an outstanding machine. Have respect
    Kakatara
    What ever happened to appreciating cool things? a robot that can play a guitar is pretty cool to me. not everything has to have some super practical purpose.
    K33nbl4d3
    Finally, guitars that allow bands to mime all their performances without needing to record an original version of the song. Needed that, now didn't we?
    Root Beer
    Kakatara wrote: tennesseehild wrote: Zombow wrote: Evangelion 00 wrote: What that guy was thinking before he made that pneumatic guitar - "hmmm I can't play ze guitar for shit so i"ll make a machine to do it for me, I'll totally get some chicks man" No you won't... Cool use of technology but seriously if you wanna play a guitar just learn how. Are you a troll or just a retard? Let people make masterpieces like that if they want to... It's brilliant and great. I bet they can play guitar, but that's totally unrelevant... What they made was a ROBOT/MACHINE guitar picker. I actually study electronics and electricity and belive me, it's hard to make such an outstanding machine. Have respect Dude get over yourself. Yeah I work electronics too and I'll second it's a pain in the butt, but still this is such bullsh*t. We are slowly eliminating real music with all our gadgets and gizmos. There are just some places science shouldn't go, and not just science, dubstep?... What is that sh*t absolutely no f*ck musical talent what so ever. lol the point of the machine is NOT to somehow replace humans in music its to show off that this is a pretty cool device that can play the guitar. L2notbesoserious
    Why so serious?
    Kakatara
    tennesseehild wrote: Zombow wrote: Evangelion 00 wrote: What that guy was thinking before he made that pneumatic guitar - "hmmm I can't play ze guitar for shit so i"ll make a machine to do it for me, I'll totally get some chicks man" No you won't... Cool use of technology but seriously if you wanna play a guitar just learn how. Are you a troll or just a retard? Let people make masterpieces like that if they want to... It's brilliant and great. I bet they can play guitar, but that's totally unrelevant... What they made was a ROBOT/MACHINE guitar picker. I actually study electronics and electricity and belive me, it's hard to make such an outstanding machine. Have respect Dude get over yourself. Yeah I work electronics too and I'll second it's a pain in the butt, but still this is such bullsh*t. We are slowly eliminating real music with all our gadgets and gizmos. There are just some places science shouldn't go, and not just science, dubstep?... What is that sh*t absolutely no f*ck musical talent what so ever.
    lol the point of the machine is NOT to somehow replace humans in music its to show off that this is a pretty cool device that can play the guitar. L2notbesoserious
    crazysam23_Atax
    6-String_Madman wrote: ... (Contemplating lyrics from the band "Bring Me The Horizon) Repent! Repent! The ending's nigh! Repent! Repent! We're all gonna die!!
    idon'twannaliveonthisplanetanymore.jpg
    Ackj
    The guitar video was actually very poor. Didn't really describe how it fretted the notes, just how the strings were strummed. We didn't even get to see the neck of the guitar. I can appreciate a good invention, but the interviewer seemed like such an idiot. "oh you can plug it into an amp?"
    flyneye
    Nonsense, you naysayers, I build guitars and think this could be improved and perhaps made part of an Orchestrion (google it) or even added as a stop to a pipe organ. Yeah, pull the plunger and amplified guitar comes to the hands of an organist. Think, then post, then smoke. You guys are getting it in the wrong order again. This is brilliant. I can only imagine the kind of guitar owners threatened by this are like the kind of drummers threatened by drum machines.
    thecheez401
    "Oh no a guitar that plays itself! The musical world is coming to an end!!!" Ever heard of a player piano? Relax.
    ds24601
    Re the pneumatic guitar: wouldn't it be much easier, more efficient, and cheaper to just play a guitar yourself? Not a useless invention at all...
    tennesseehild
    Zombow wrote: Evangelion 00 wrote: What that guy was thinking before he made that pneumatic guitar - "hmmm I can't play ze guitar for shit so i"ll make a machine to do it for me, I'll totally get some chicks man" No you won't... Cool use of technology but seriously if you wanna play a guitar just learn how. Are you a troll or just a retard? Let people make masterpieces like that if they want to... It's brilliant and great. I bet they can play guitar, but that's totally unrelevant... What they made was a ROBOT/MACHINE guitar picker. I actually study electronics and electricity and belive me, it's hard to make such an outstanding machine. Have respect
    Dude get over yourself. Yeah I work electronics too and I'll second it's a pain in the butt, but still this is such bullsh*t. We are slowly eliminating real music with all our gadgets and gizmos. There are just some places science shouldn't go, and not just science, dubstep?... What is that sh*t absolutely no f*ck musical talent what so ever.
    mop10893
    I wrote a report touching on how technology is destroying society and the great things that come with it. I wrote a whole paragraph on technology and music. I wish I saw this video before that. Because this is further than I even imagined existed. This is disgusting to me. It takes so much time, energy, and talent to learn a little bit of an instrument. And these scientists want to take that away. They could devote their energy to making things that would help humanity. Instead they're building machines that take away from people who worked their asses off to learn something. Science used to make the world better. It used to be a wonderful thing. Now, scientists have become almost as useless, unhelpful, and damaging as today's politicians are. This is just a small amount of proof. P.S.- The flying robots are kinda cool considering it's animated and not real.
    zeek7pc
    [quote]Vinushka wrote: I thought this was an announcement for a new Buckethead album...[/quote}\] +1
    Evangelion 00
    What that guy was thinking before he made that pneumatic guitar - "hmmm I can't play ze guitar for shit so i"ll make a machine to do it for me, I'll totally get some chicks man" No you won't... Cool use of technology but seriously if you wanna play a guitar just learn how.
    mgxc24
    tennesseehild wrote: Zombow wrote: Evangelion 00 wrote: What that guy was thinking before he made that pneumatic guitar - "hmmm I can't play ze guitar for shit so i"ll make a machine to do it for me, I'll totally get some chicks man" No you won't... Cool use of technology but seriously if you wanna play a guitar just learn how. Are you a troll or just a retard? Let people make masterpieces like that if they want to... It's brilliant and great. I bet they can play guitar, but that's totally unrelevant... What they made was a ROBOT/MACHINE guitar picker. I actually study electronics and electricity and belive me, it's hard to make such an outstanding machine. Have respect Dude get over yourself. Yeah I work electronics too and I'll second it's a pain in the butt, but still this is such bullsh*t. We are slowly eliminating real music with all our gadgets and gizmos. There are just some places science shouldn't go, and not just science, dubstep?... What is that sh*t absolutely no f*ck musical talent what so ever.
    Remember the song '2012' by Rush
    centermass
    agree times a million... this might be the dumbest thing i have ever seen
    tennesseehild wrote: Zombow wrote: Evangelion 00 wrote: What that guy was thinking before he made that pneumatic guitar - "hmmm I can't play ze guitar for shit so i"ll make a machine to do it for me, I'll totally get some chicks man" No you won't... Cool use of technology but seriously if you wanna play a guitar just learn how. Are you a troll or just a retard? Let people make masterpieces like that if they want to... It's brilliant and great. I bet they can play guitar, but that's totally unrelevant... What they made was a ROBOT/MACHINE guitar picker. I actually study electronics and electricity and belive me, it's hard to make such an outstanding machine. Have respect Dude get over yourself. Yeah I work electronics too and I'll second it's a pain in the butt, but still this is such bullsh*t. We are slowly eliminating real music with all our gadgets and gizmos. There are just some places science shouldn't go, and not just science, dubstep?... What is that sh*t absolutely no f*ck musical talent what so ever.
    6-String_Madman
    ... (Contemplating lyrics from the band "Bring Me The Horizon) Repent! Repent! The ending's nigh! Repent! Repent! We're all gonna die!!
    wangchowder86
    There are too many comments for me to care to read them so this may have already been said, but all i could think of with the second video was the movie Batteries Not Included.
    Kelicon
    mop10893 wrote: I wrote a report touching on how technology is destroying society and the great things that come with it. I wrote a whole paragraph on technology and music. I wish I saw this video before that. Because this is further than I even imagined existed. This is disgusting to me. It takes so much time, energy, and talent to learn a little bit of an instrument. And these scientists want to take that away. They could devote their energy to making things that would help humanity. Instead they're building machines that take away from people who worked their asses off to learn something. Science used to make the world better. It used to be a wonderful thing. Now, scientists have become almost as useless, unhelpful, and damaging as today's politicians are. This is just a small amount of proof. P.S.- The flying robots are kinda cool considering it's animated and not real.
    See this is the problem... Why is technology constantly destroying "humanity" or "society"? Why can't technology be the building blocks of society? To me when I hear someone say this I feel like these would be the people performing the Salem Witch Trials. Those people were also afraid of change and the effect new or different ideas could have on society. I just don't understand why people can't look upon this with the potential it opens up rather than the time tested "oh noes... robots are gonna replace me." That's what I'm hearing from the people bashing the innovations shown above.
    SweepSDMF
    Whats with people saying this takes the human element out of music, its just a bit of fun for christ sake. Trust me guys, im not a soothsayer, but I can tell you with confidence that flying robots arent going to replaces people in the music world.