Innovative Products: The Pocket Piano Combines Retro Appeal and Modern Function
Once in a blue moon, a product comes along so completely out of the ordinary that it captures more than just your attention—it captures your imagination! The Pocket Piano, with its seamless fusion of retro design and modern functionality, is one such innovative product.
Let’s get one thing clear: I am not a musician. The image you see above the title represents the current extent of my musical abilities, and I’m pretty cool with that. Actually, I take that back: I was pretty cool with that—then I saw the following:
Yeah, I’m speechless too! Other than to say that this better be under my tree on December 25th, where do I even begin?
First and foremost, by applauding the innovative, retro-minimalist design. If you’re like me, and you just saw the same video I did, then you of course have fallen head-over-heels in love with a miniature synthesizer. With its sleek outer casing, throwback wooden keys and built-in speaker, there’s no denying that the Pocket Piano puts out a distinct, visual vibe. To be honest, I never thought I’d see the day where the offspring of a surge protector and a Hot Keyz guitar would get me so excited, but that day has indeed arrived.
In terms of usability, this nifty item packs a wallop, so don’t go thinking that this is just a case of form over function. The makers (Critter & Guitari) have seen to it that there’s considerable value under the hood, which according the product description comes in the form of several unique play modes:
• Vibrato Synth
• Harmonic Sweeper
• Two-Octave Arpeggiator
• Octave Cascade
• Mono FM Synth
• FM Arpeggiator
I don’t know what any of that even means, but somehow it makes me want one of these even more. If the Pocket Piano is user-friendly enough to let me crank out a few chiptunes (minimalist electronic music), then I’m on board. The fact that it’s battery-powered and portable helps too.
To say that it’s a unique piece of tech would be an understatement. From an aesthetic standpoint, it speaks for itself. The functionality is nothing to scoff at either. One-of-a-kind doesn’t even begin to describe it, and that’s a good thing. The makers’ website mentions that they’re currently “building many” of them, so there’s obviously a market for custom instruments of this nature. It’s a niche market, but a market nonetheless—and there’s something to be said for that. It takes a substantial amount of passion and integrity to deliver a batsh*t fantastic product like the Pocket Piano to consumers, and these guys have it in spades!
Are you as interested in the Pocket Piano as I am? Are you a fan of innovative items that offer “retro” appeal? Let me know in the comments!
Image by: Josh Semans
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