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Smartphone-like instrument lets you wirelessly create music

Forget playing the piano or learning the guitar. Now you can create music with a handheld device that looks a lot like a smartphone.

A musical-maker company called Livid Instruments has developed a pocket-sized musical instrument called Minim for music creation on-the-go.

Minim - music creation on-the-go. (Image via Livid Instruments/ Kickstarter)
Minim – music creation on-the-go. (Image via Livid Instruments/ Kickstarter)

Minim is compatible with music creation apps that offer tactile control, and is equipped with 3D-motion control, and touch sensitive technology.

Minim lets you play all kinds of instrumental sounds like drums, guitars, synths,or samples so you can create full songs wherever you are.

The device can be used clamped to a microphone, in the palm of your hand,  or right on the table top and controls the audio running on your iOS or OS X device. Each of Minim’s controls is capable of creating thousands of sounds if you connect it to the software on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

“We believe that anyone can create music, and we want to make our instruments available to everyone. Minim can control music apps and software with the feel and expression of a real instrument, making it easy and fun for anyone to pick up and play,” said Livid Instruments on the company’s Kickstarter page.

The company has raised $8,000 of its $40,000 funding goal to start Minim production. If you’re interested, you can order one for an early bird special price of $69.

Watch some folks try out the Minim in the video below.

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