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Rock with a virtual air guitar

21.04.2006


Aspiring rock stars can now create their own guitar solos, without ever having to play a real instrument, thanks the Virtual Air Guitar, developed at the Helsinki University of Technology.



The Virtual Air Guitar uses a computer to monitor the hand movements of a air guitar player and adds genuine guitar sounds to match player’s finger work. The innovative application combines gesture recognition with musical interpretation software.

The idea emerged at the Helsinki University of Technology Telecommunications Software and Multimedia Laboratory and progressed to the Otaniemi International Innovation Centre (OIIC). It was further developed through the Tekes’ TULI programme to Technopolis Ventures Oy incubator services. The idea was processed into a business plan with the aim of establishing a significant international business.


A Virtual Air Guitar company was set up in February 2006, and in March 2006 it received an award in the second stage of the Venture Cup Business Plan Competition. At the moment, the founders of the company are in the process of negotiating funding and publishing contracts with various parties.

“The company’s first product will be a console game which will be on the market in time for Christmas 2007, and later on other games applications will be added to the product family. We are working on completely new and unprecedented applications,” explains Aki Kanerva, Managing Director of the Virtual Air Guitar Company.

Eeva Ahola | alfa
Further information:
http://www.tekes.fi/eng/news/uutis_tiedot.asp?id=5077

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