November 19, 2019
The 16th century brought us the harpsichord, the 19th century brought us the first Steinway. And now, 2019 has given us the very first smartphone piano. Times are a’changing, friends.
A phone company has created a digital piano, made entirely of smartphones.
OnePlus, who are known for their marketing stunts, revealed the contraption yesterday on London’s Southbank, near the Tate Modern.
Engineers hooked up 17 OnePlus 7T Pros in a piano casing, each phone containing five keys (three white, two black) of a total of 85.
The aim of the instrument is to show off the 7T Pro’s 90Hz display and fast processor, which was apparently crucial in creating a smooth keyboard.
Passers-by in London have been having a go at tickling the digital ivories, including pianist Karim Kamar – watch him demonstrate the contraption below.
The piano will move to three different European cities over the next few days, including Paris on 12 November, Rothenburg (Germany) on 14 November and Helsinki (Finland) on 16 November.