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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    roy_37
    I lover technology and over the years music has definitely benefited from these, can you imagine life without the Hammond organ or the electric guitar? But these were simply new tools for musicians to use to create their art. Instruments that play themselves is weird, maybe someday somebody might actually create some real music with these things but I doubt it. As for those flying robots, I want one! I would program that bad boy to go to the fridge and get me a beer while I practiced playing my guitar.
    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.
    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.
    mop10893
    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.
    Oh crap. The robots are real. That's it. Technology is officially taking over humanity.
    hihi7
    That is pretty cool, especially the flying robots. I had no clue they would be able to have that much precision.
    scorpio2billion
    The_Drooge wrote: 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.
    Your roommate should be even more afraid- they're going to be used to spy on us. Soon. Police precincts are requesting them by the thousands, and they're already in use in the UK.
    RIM99
    Flying robots would be far better. Haha. Some dude alrdy figured out how to make this work for his guitar hero controller, I'd imagine this just involves bmore expensive programming, more pistons, and more money.
    RIM99
    dbl post: the only way this would help the modern music industry is allowing analog taping of pre-played guitar parts. Now people like Lil' Wayne and such can get a better tone without their producers having to worry about dialing in a sound for guitar parts or hiring a session guitarist... Damnit.
    Mechaghostman2
    Well, replace professional musicians with robots and people like Justin Bieber will get richer, just as long as it "sounds catchy" right?
    flyneye
    Do the math. (pneumatic= AIR powered)+ guitar + Alesis synth key control = air guitar synth Interesting switching technology going on here but it amounts to stand only as an improvement to displays like the robotic band at Showbiz Pizza Something like this: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.... Pat Metheny controlling an Orchestrion of real instruments via guitar synth pickup on his archtop.
    eetfuk58
    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.
    You are completely missing the point. It was about the robot, not about "actual" music. It was about the engineering behind the robot, the sophistication of it, not that it was ever made to replace real playing. Get over yourself.
    KingSquall802
    Very unnecessary. There is no one can replace humans in music. Please. They should have made real helicopters or new flying machines.
    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?"
    Dukey
    That pneumatic guitar is the saddest thing a guitarist or any kind of musician (even drummers!) can witness. The flying robots can amusing.
    vIsIbleNoIsE
    all that insane work done on the flying robots, and they can't get the trumpet notes right.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!!
    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.
    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
    thecheez401
    "Oh no a guitar that plays itself! The musical world is coming to an end!!!" Ever heard of a player piano? Relax.
    cyanide02
    Hmmm, I guess it's pretty clever. Kinda seems like a waste of effort though imo. I'd love to see it fingertap!
    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?
    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.
    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.
    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