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

March 8, 2013

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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.

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