We Don’t Need Violins Anymore


I saw this commercial for the Xbox Kinect a couple of days ago.

Of course, It’s cool, but are musical instruments now obsolete?

These people seem fine with playing the imaginary violin.  I guess we don’t need violins anymore.

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7 thoughts on “We Don’t Need Violins Anymore

  1. The idea is really, really cool. The idea of using gestures instead of a mouse is brilliant, but it is so far off that the original idea of computers. They were clunky and hard to use, and you couldn’t ever use a word-processing program. You had to BUILD one. Imagining a world without bitmapped displays and Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) is hard. Now we are on the verge of waving our arms in front of a screen to see an other x-ray.

    That’s so cool.

    But there are several things about this that are not.

    The fact that the kinect sensor is very clunky and big. It didn’t look right on top of a chair or on top of a gray-colored screen. The kinect sensor itself could be sized down and placed as built in hardware on a screen, and the screen itself tilts. That would work.

    But instruments going obsolete?

    Never going to happen. There is something about playing an actual instrument that is quite amazing. The strings pluck and there is resistance against your finger, or air blowing into a tube and sound it makes, or the beating of the drum against your hands. It just wouldn’t be the same.

    Here’s one fact (the rest are opinions/facts stewed in). Microsoft is developing a kinect for Windows and this may very well happen.

  2. jibble says:

    Nah. Arms would get too tired.

    Imagine writing an essay by waving your hands in the air.

  3. Izzy says:

    pfft, amateurs.

  4. They do have little tiny Kinect things. Microsoft is even making a giant hamsterball thing that simulates games around you using Kinect and Touch Screen Technology. (Still a WIP, though)
    And yes, instruments will never become obsolete. I mean, how would you have a concert with just a bunch of people waving their arms around up on stage at a giant screen and having music come out. Well, that would be quite comical. Though, for personal use, it would be freakin’ awesome to play my invisible cello. 🙂
    You, even as an Apple lover, has to admit that Microsoft can do some pretty amazing things. And who knows what they have in their ‘Top Secret’ Projects. I have a feeling that one of the TS teams is going to release something life-changing.
    Anyways, I should probably stop typing now before I turn full-power Microsoft Geek on you.

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