It’s like a neo organ grinder. Modifying a few bags and playing around with some tools, one can make an iPad case that allows for the user to prop it up (hands-free!) in front of them and use a musical app for live performance on the touchscreen device. The DIY project even includes some speakers so that you can be heard in the crowd while providing some tunes along the board walk.
Most of us probably aren’t old enough to remember the days of the organ grinders performing on the streets with a cute little monkey that collected nickels. Organ grinders still exist, but they definitely don’t seem as prevalent as they did in the movies, but this definitely hearkens back to those days. Only, you know, a little more modern given that it’s being played on an iPad, much like the iPad Orchestra we featured a short while back.
The project took about an hour to build, and probably quite a bit of pre-planning. Luckily, the person in the video did all the hard work, and all we have to do is check out the instructional vid:
There’s a lot of drills, clinching, cutting and torching things. Prop on an iPad, some speakers with an awesome cobalt blue glow and load your iPad with Seline HD (Link) and you have a sweet new musical instrument.
Finished, and ready to play. Let’s see how it works.
Below, we can even see it in use as the girl below plays the sitar on her iPad:
It’s like the Blade Runner soundtrack with all the electronics. The only thing that’s truly missing is her cute little pet monkey with a hat going around collecting coins from onlookers. Come to think of it, it’s a bit like the talent show scene from Revenge of the Nerds.
What’s interesting is that some give her money, and others stop just to figure out what instrument she’s using. One way or another, passersby are sure to be impressed–or perplexed.
This is the kind of versatility that makes us love our iOS devices. It seems that with a handful of $10 to $20 Apps, a small group can put on a full instrumental performance. At the very least, it could make for a fun YouTube video.