01. 31. 2006
Fender and Intel’s "surf guitar"
Fender and Intel have partnered to create a concept of an internet-enabled super guitar. The new revisited Fender Telecaster will incorporate Intel Centrino mobile technology to allow Internet access on the go. The TELECASTER guitar contains a Hewlett Packard TC1100 tablet laptop with 1.25ghz RAM and an Echo Indigo I/O soundcard.
With the new Fender every musician will be able to download music directly on their “super-guitar,” record new ideas on it and email them directly to whomever they want. It is supposed to even incorporate a webcam, so you can stream yourself rocking onstage to the whole Internet world.
Though, after reading this report on gizmag, it looks to me like one of “Super-Telecaster’s” unique selling points is going to be its ability to bring air guitar (or just simulating to play guitar with any other object that comes in handy) to a whole new level. I quote:
Fed up posing in front of the mirror strumming a tennis racket?
[…] the ‘surf guitar’ is the world’s first to allow you to download and playback your favourite riffs from the internet without touching the strings, so you can sound like Bo Diddley while doing diddly-squat.
With this guitar, it doesn’t matter if you’re Joe Walsh or Joe Bloggs, you’ll sound just as good once you get this guitar online, download a few of your favourite tracks, and strike a pose in front of the mirror.
So does this mean that the Super-Telecaster (as I like to refer to it), is good for cheating!?!?!? That everyone could just pretend to play anything ?!?!?!
In any case, even putting aside the previously unexplored possibilities of air guitaring, I think this is a really interesting concept and I hope it will go beyond the concept stage and get developed.