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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


Joseph Giorgi

Joseph is the head of the Media Team at Quality Logo Products. He's a video specialist, blogger, perfectionist, and all-around likeable guy. When he's not busy focusing on the nitty-gritty details of his written and visual work, he's normally listening to bad 80s music and scouring the internet for useless information on useless subjects. You can also connect with Joe on Google+.

Comments

  1. Scooby

    isn’t there an app for that? ;-)

    • Joseph Giorgi

      There probably is, but only for you lucky smartphone owners. Sadly, I’m not a part of that club yet. :(

  2. amy

    As someone who also has 0 musical talent, this is really cool!! I’m not exactly sure what I would do with it, but I love that retro styling you mentioned. I think they should re-examine their naming it the “Pocket Piano” though, I’m just not sure what kind of pockets it would fit in. The Jolly Green Giant’s, perhaps?

    Great post though, thanks for the head’s up on this technology!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      I was thinking the same thing. Not sure why they would name it that way if it’s clearly not pocket-sized. I can forgive the name though — the product itself is just too cool!

      • Amanda

        I was thinking the same thing! When you first mentioned a pocket piano, I was thinking it would look just like a regular piano, but be keychain sized. This is way more creative! =)

  3. Mandy Kilinskis

    Personally, I’d still prefer a digital camera under my tree this Christmas, but I can definitely see the appeal. The retro design is cool. Playing on nostalgia is a great way to market your products!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Very true — a digital camera would be pretty fantastic gift as well. :)

  4. Jen

    This pocket piano is great! My fiance would play with this for hours on end. He is such a gadget buff. I think I’ve found his Christmas present. Thanks Joe!!!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Glad to help, Jen! With a gift like this, I’m sure it’ll be your fiance’s best X-mas ever. :)

      • Amanda

        Great idea for a gift Jen! =) It would be something new and fun for sure!

  5. Kyle

    That thing looks pretty cool, but I’m afraid I’d be terrible at producing any kind of music with it due to my lack of any kind of musical talent. That’s a lot of buttons and knobs to keep track of, but they sure look nifty. The touch of wood adds a lot of personality to it and definitely sets it apart from today’s mostly plastic electronics.

    It’s great seeing products that “break the mold” like this. Thanks for pointing out this unique product, Joe.

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Great point about the wooden accents. I agree — little touches like that really make the Pocket Piano stand out.

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