When Artiphon announced ORBA on kickstarter in 2019, I was intrigued. I liked their approach towards creating a musical instruments for the hands. It integrates a loop station with drum machine and synth sequencer. It felt like an innovative tangible interface with motion (accelerometer and gyroscope) and touch sensors and haptic feedback as main input mechanisms. So now, almost one year later, I have the ORBA instrument in hand. I have to admit though, my initial excitement wore off throughout […]
I recently received the Freedrum virtual drumming kit, which was one of the most interesting kickstarter campaigns over the last few years for me personally. I was supposed to get it for my birthday and have been waiting for quite some time to try it out. Freedrum sensors as MIDI controlers Basically Freedrum created motion sensors with bluetooth connectivity that can be attached to drum sticks as well as shoes for tracking hand and foot movement. The sensors are connected […]
As far as taking notes go, I am not sure what the best setup might be for me. Although I consider the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to be the best digital option I have used so far, I was still not getting rid of paper based notes. This is a pain more often than not, since it takes a long time to digitise the notes in an efficient way. This might not be necessary in any case or for […]
Back in November 2016 I wrote about my decision to work with an 9,7″ iPad Pro exclusively. I stopped using any other computer, sold all my Mac equipment and only kept the accompanying Apple Watch and iPhone. I opted for a Logitech CREATE keyboard and the Apple Pencil and hoped that this step might change my entire tech outfit. I kept using this setup for about 9 months and was quite satisfied with the iPad Pro’s performance even under advanced […]
Image Source: Apple Music Membership – Apple.com Apple has indeed changed very much over the years. I don’t want to talk about what happened in the 80ies or 90ies or how Steve Jobs saved the company. I also don’t want to talk about the iPod or the even bigger iPhone and iPad era. Neither do I want to point out how Apple might be changing since Steve Jobs passed away. That has been said and discussed abundantly. Recently I started thinking […]
Just recently I discovered a very cool iPhone app, called Seamless. What it does is quite simple: It crossfades music playing in itunes on your Mac to your iPhone – seamlessly. You might think this is an app of no real use to anyone, but try it for yourself. I certainly wouldn’t miss it for the world. Here is the ad for the app (nicely done by the way): It works like this: You have to install the Seamless app […]
This graphic has circulated a few times, showing the improvement from an iMac in 2000 to an iPhone 4 2010. 1000X smaller and 100X lighter for a third the cost. Source: weliveinthefuture Well… at least the iMac had USB… but that’s about it.