Developer creates mobile guitar out of five mobile devices

Developer creates mobile guitar out of five mobile devices

Summary: Steffest wrapped together five mobile devices to create a rendition of Cracklin Rosie. Watch the video to see this one-man-band in action.


I've seen plenty of videos in the past of composers using the latest iPhone, Windows Mobile and Android music composition tools, but this one is the best. Steffest built a guitar out of two Android devices, two Windows Mobile devices and one iPod touch. He then managed to play a rendition of Cracklin Rosie, and put the whole thing on video.

According to Steffest, the piano and drum sequencers are written by him, and Pocket Stombox is used for the real time effects. The final piece of the puzzle is the guitar, provided by the iShred app, by Frontierdesign.

Steffest created this masterpiece to show off his mad skills at mobile cross development. He thought he would code the same app and move it across all three dev environments, but in the end had to rewrite it three times, in Java (Android), C# (Windows Mobile), and Objective-C (iPhone). He'll be presenting his creation at MobileCampBrussels, so I'm sure we'll be seeing more videos soon.

You can read more about the composition and creation of this mobile guitar at his blog. It's an impressive video, not just to see all of the mobile phones pieced together, but also how effortlessly he strums such a tiny screen.

Topics: Mobility, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, Software, Software Development, Wi-Fi, Windows

Joel Evans

About Joel Evans

With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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  • RE: That's very interesting. I wonder if I could do it...

    Provided that I have to spend about a few thousands of dollars just to get a couple of unlocked devices.

    I'm a big fan of C#. It'd be nice once I put in Mono in Android, hoping to not have to write twice for both Android and Windows Mobile -- even Windows Phone 7.
    Grayson Peddie
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