The metronome is a vital tool for musicians, whether you are just starting or are a seasoned professional. The founder and CEO of Soundbrenner, Florian Simmendinger said that there hasn’t been any change in metronome for over 200 years. But now, this is going to change with Pulse, a wearable device which is currently running an Indiegogo campaign. The companion app is also a part of the campaign.
A metronome strapped to the side of a drummer would look funny. However, it is essential for every musician to maintain the beat. Now with this wearable, musicians will be able to wear it and at the same time use it as a digital metronome.
It is a round device, with the size of a watch and can be worn either on the wrist or anywhere else on the body. The idea to build the device was based on a simple music lesson: to help music students feel the music, the teacher has to tap the beat on them. Simmendinger said “It’s natural. You can feel the beat and play along.”
Age-old tools which have been used till date needs to be updated for today’s use. This means that the device needs to be used with the app.
— PSFK (@PSFK) April 2, 2015
How does the app work?
The app can be used to adjust the beat. The Pulse will then vibrate with the same rhythm. The wearable can also be rotated to change the beat. This is a good addition as it is not possible for the musicians to take their phones out and use the app to change the beat every time.
With Bluetooth LE wireless technology, the app can be used to set a beat which can play as many as 10 Pulse devices. So, a group of musicians will also be highly benefitted with the app. The best thng is that there is no significant lag.
Using A Separate Wearable instead of Smartphone
Soundbrenner said that a smartphone could be used itself for vibration, instead of a wearable. However, a phone would not vibrate enough so that a musician could notice in between a performance or practice. Thus, the need of the wearable. It has been developed with built-in vibration which will be 600 percent stronger than that of a smartphone.
The project is running an Indiegogo campaign where you can contribute to the funding and get a set for yourself with just $115. Later the cost will increase by $129. For retail, the company plans to keep the cost at $149. The funding goal is $75,000 and will end on 30th April, 2015.
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