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New inflatable 88-note Keyboard - fits into a laptop-sized case.
With the amount of electronics now capable of being fitted into, for instance, a laptop, and the mallability of connectors, this new keyboard will be welcomed by all keyboard players who currently struggle up and down stairs, along
100' hallways etc. to fulfil bookings. Complete with it's own compressor (which also fits into a laptop-sized case), it combines all the features of everyday keyboards without the bulk.
Other musical instruments may follow suit - such as drums (not symbals of course!!)
Obviously the plastics used would have to be able to withstand high pressures if the instruments are to feel solid.
As an addition, for one-man-bands, other inflatable members can be added so that a virtual 5-piece or orchestra could be supplied depending on the booking.
[pocmloc, Jun 07 2011]
||2011 we now have cloth keyboards that you unrole, and plug into your laptop.
||I like this idea. I am learning piano, and I bought
one of those roll-up keyboards so that I could
practice while I was away from home.
||I found it a complete waste of money, because it
is flat and has no 'feel' to it (although the outlines
of the keys are ridged a little).
||An inflatable keyboard *might* be better, because
it would have full depth. Ideally, each key would
be an individual cell, with a hinge at the back that
also served as the port for inflation (all connected
to a single inlet, of course).
||On yet another hand, why cannot a rigid keboard
be made foldupable? Imagine a normal keyboard
consisting of individually sprung and weighted
keys sitting on a long base-board. Just have the
baseboard hinge at the right points, and the
keyboard would roll up into a sort of square spiral.
not as compact as a rubber or inflatable keyboard,
but still better than a full-sized regular keyboard.
||A normal keyboard is, I guess about 80 inches long,
5 inches deep and 2 inches tall (allowing for the
necessary travel for each key, and the height
difference between black and white). It could
fold up into a cuboid, about 13 x 13 x 5 inches.
||There's a company makes a foldable (in half) pro keyboard called a "Vax 77"; quite new but all the reviewers like it.
||I was expecting an inflatable computer keyboard - now that I think of it, a monitor where you change the resolution by blowing it up to the desired size might be amusing.