Product: Musical Instrument: Keyboard
Guitar based usb keyboard   (+3)  [vote for, against]
Geeks should have groupies

qwerty keyboards are outdated. sure, they're pretty simple to understand, but boring. plus, sitting typing on your keyboard is not visually appealing. i suggest instead an electric guitar. each string works as a different key, with the frets as modifiers. therefore, when you want to hit a commonly used letter (say "e") you strum one of the strings. to get a less common letter you have to hold a distant fret while strumming. each string will have a gate on it so that only strums of a certain level will register, so on an average strum only one letter will be imputted. With this system, all data entry personnel will become slightly more fit as well, because sitting in an office chair with armrests is difficult with a guitar, and most people are likely to start bouncing around when you hand them a guitar. This system also allows for the creation of a number of "Rockstar" themed peripherals and accessories.
-- tcarson, May 25 2006

iGuitar http://www.iguitar....iGuitar/iGuitar.asp
USB guitar. [DrCurry, May 25 2006]

great - also other instruments like harmonicas and bagpipes.

It could also be used to implement security groups; to get 'root' access you'd need to be able to play 'flight of the bumblebee' on a hurdy-gurdy (a MIDI-capable hurdy-gurdy obviously - note to self, invent MIDI-capable hurdy-gurdy)
-- monojohnny, May 25 2006

Someone has just invented a USB guitar (went to a demo a couple of weeks ago). You could use that.
-- DrCurry, May 25 2006

[DrCurry] the usb guitar you linked sounds good, but this would be less of a stand alone guitar. It probably wouldn't use an audio pickup for determining what key you want. the iGuitar is pretty cool though
-- tcarson, May 25 2006

[Brau] i thought that maybe the thumb could operate a shift key at the back of the neck. i'm not quite sure what you mean by the word length limit.
-- tcarson, May 26 2006

//note to self, invent MIDI-capable hurdy-gurdy// - Please don't lose that note [monojohnny], the world *needs* one of them.
-- wagster, May 26 2006

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