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When I saw this "hand roll piano" with a MIDI interface at King's Idea Shop in Shinjuku earlier this year, I just thought it was a neat idea.

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[hand roll piano available for purchase from here]

But, Professor Tsukamoto of Kobe University and his team had a much wilder idea than me. They came up with this idea of wearable piano, showed it off at a wearable computing fashion show in Japan last year, and presented a paper about it at a conference last month.

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[wearable piano]

Someone says a next spep of this could be a wearable orchestra with many other wearable musical instruments. I'd think of it more like a tool for participative improvisation jam sessions.

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