Aspire to Learning Air Guitar


air-guitar.jpgBy Bruce Eaton

We all have done it, whether in the shower or a job interview. That hardrock riff comes on and you bust out the air guitar. Well now you don’t have to rely on other music but instead make your own with the Air Guitar Technology, created by the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland. Combining virtual reality and motion capture, the computer follows a pair of bright orange gloves on your hands as you jam out. It then translates this onto a virtual guitar which then makes noise/music.

You are probably thinking “Oh No! I don’t know how to play a virtual guitar. I just learned my air guitar.” Cool thing is that you don’t even need to know how to play. The computer takes the combination of your movements and interprets what guitar-playing technique and style you?re trying to imitate. It only plays the notes that fit together so it won’t sound like total crap. This has got to be the greatest news these people have ever heard in their lives. BTW folks, what is your favorite song to play on air guitar? I’m all over Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benetar.

[Air Guitar] VIA [Popular Science]

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A graduate of Colgate University, Bruce is one of the elite Henro or pilgrims who have completed the 900 mile 88 Temple Pilgrimage on the island of Shikoku, Japan by means of foot power, a feat (no pun intended.... ok maybe alittle) which is no laughing matter. He not only finished this task with a crippling leg injury but he has attained enlightenment according to the monks on Koyasan. Currently the 23 year old is living in San Antonio where he spends his time working as a Data Analyst but also trying to accomplish his next great challenge, drinking all 200 beers at the Flying Saucer. Having recently married his long time friend from college and seen as nuts for doing so, Bruce relishes his life and hot dogs generously. KANPAI!!