The Seaboard: A Keyboard With Soft, Mushy Keys That Lets You Control Pitch, Volume And Timbre Via Touch

March 8, 2013


This is a video of the ROLI Seaboard, a new mushy-keyed keyboard that allows you to control more of the output than you could on a traditional keyboard thanks to pressure-sensitive keys. I'm not even going to pretend like I understand any of this because if there's two things I don't get, it's music and technology. "But you're the Geekologie Writer!" Haha, I'm in a band too.

Evolved from the piano keyboard, the Seaboard is a new musical instrument which bridges the gap between acoustic and digital music by putting the control of pitch, volume and timbre right at your fingertips.

The patent-pending SEA Interface is ROLI's disruptive platform sensor technology. SEA stands for Sensory, Elastic and Adaptive. SEA Interfaces are highly precise, information-rich, and pressure-sensitive, and can be built in any form factor. They enable seamless transitions between discrete and continuous input, and capture three-dimensional gestures while simultaneously providing the user with tactile feedback.

I dunno, could be cool. Probably not as cool as that giant keyboard Tom Hanks jumps around on in 'Big', but what is? I actually went to a bar a couple weekends ago that had a Zoltar fortune telling machine and I made a wish to get rich but then the piece of shit took my money without giving me a fortune. So like, the exact opposite happened. I took four shots in 10-minutes.

Hit the jump for a video of the thing getting played LIKE A CHUMP. You know she got another man!

Thanks to fat piggie, who loves the feel of those squishy little keys under the weight of his hooves.

  • Team

    Check out our latest video of the Seaboard.

    Best regards,

    The ROLI team

  • FAKE!!!!

    This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

    This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never BAck Down where Max caught his wife in the shower with a history teacher, and beat the crap out of him instead of leaving her for her poor taste.

  • Irfan Hasan

    @facebook-1730782289:disqus Is not fake, am writing my dissertation on it and have seen and played with it.. check it out on youtube, was also on the BBC news

  • Mojado

    I'm pretty sure this has already been done

  • cabbo

    @brant alan Probably the company themselves, if they're smart.

    I hope the can spend enough money marketing the thing, and it's not as expensive as top-of-the-range keyboards. This could be an exciting prospect for a lot of players, as long as it's available to them.

  • Brant_Alan

    In a few months some jerk is going to make this into a "Seatar" .. just you wait.

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