Keep the good times rolling


usb-rollup-piano.jpgBrando of Hong Kong is noted for pulling out weird and wacky stuff from their magical Top Hat, and this latest offering is no different. You can now annoy friends and relatives anytime, anywhere with your best Stevie Wonder impersonation that will set cats scurrying away from the premises in a hurry with the USB Roll-Up Piano. This nifty USB gadget is just the thing to purchase for those who want to practice their scales as well as exam pieces on-the-go – all they need to do is to plug it into any available USB port and they’re good to go. There is no need to purchase additional batteries that ultimately results in a heavier weight, although it might be pretty hard to use this for busking purposes unless you’ve got a solar powered laptop to plug in to.

The USB Roll-Up piano comes with 49 keys, an ensemble of 128 insturments, and 100 pre-recorded rhythms to get you going. You can even roll it up when you want to shift your spot in a public performance display, and makes a good companion for homeless musicians as they can use it as a pillow. This portable MIDI controller does come with several advantages though, such as the lack of push-sensitive keys that could affect the way a piece sounds as you lose out on the velocity effect, but such a trivial matter can be easily edited on the computer.

The USB Roll-up Piano measures 75.5cm x 16cm x 0.4cm and weighs over half a kilo at 625g. It boasts of features such as simultaneous 49 key activation, an innovative interface, 8 percussion instruments, 128 non-percussion instruments, 6 tones, tempo adjustment (anywhere between 40 to 208 beats), metronome adjustment, tone effects, as well as record and playback feature. Picking one up would set you back by $46, an amount which you could probably recoup from kind-hearted strangers by putting on a pair of shades and singing oldies along the road in just a single day.

Source: Crunchgear

3 reviews or comments

AG Says: October 4, 2006 at 5:52 am

Ooooh!, just like in the Star Trek:TNG episode ‘lessons’ (

Steve Says: October 24, 2006 at 2:04 pm

The reviewer must not have seen this live. The interface is innovative, if by that you mean “it doesn’t work.” Serious software issues unaided but upgrading from equally buggy support site. Rubbery plastic, inconsistently working piece of junk. I’ve learned an important lesson and now hope someone can learn from my discouragement. Really, it’s not good enough to be a toy.

Mike Says: July 18, 2008 at 11:59 am

This keyboard really is totally useless. Keys are too small, areas of the keys that make activate the tone are too small, black keys almost impossible to use.

Avoid unless you just want a few minutes fun, as that’s all this will give you.

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