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Inflatable keyboard

Now the 88-note keyboard fits into your car
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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.

sergantminor, Jan 21 2004

Folding harpsichord http://en.wikipedia...Folding_harpsichord
[pocmloc, Jun 07 2011]


       2011 we now have cloth keyboards that you unrole, and plug into your laptop.
j paul, Jun 07 2011

       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.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 07 2011

       There's a company makes a foldable (in half) pro keyboard called a "Vax 77"; quite new but all the reviewers like it.
FlyingToaster, Jun 07 2011

       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.
phundug, Jun 08 2011


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