Sorry for the length of time between updates. We’ve been working very hard and have quite a lot of things to update you about. The month of May is going to be an exciting one for Tabber!
We’ve spent a lot of time designing a third iteration of our embedded boards. We have a beautiful Epiphone Les Paul all ready for the new pieces. The issue with the version we have been showcasing is that when we designed it, we used only one board for all 12 frets (plus open note). The problem is that as you step up through the frets, the board gets wider. It’s important to note that the string spacing stays relatively consistent (about .75cm) throughout the first 12 frets. However, the distance between the top string and bottom string from the top/bottom of the neck gets wider. Therefore, one board does not line up accurately on all 12 frets.
What we’ve done is take the same circuit design which works very well and create 4 separate sets of boards, each consisting of the average spacing between chunks of 3 frets. This should give us a much more consistent placement of the lights underneath the strings throughout the entirety of the Tabber sleeve. While it’s more costly and time consuming in manufacturing, it has been the sole complaint so far as any frets behind 8-12 were very hard to distinguish in real time and we want to make sure we have a stellar product, even in prototype form.
We are expecting to have those boards within the next 2 weeks and they will also come equipt with different colors for each string to make the distinction even easier to understand.
On the software side, we’ve gotten some help plugging away on a basic Android version of the application that will utilize Bluetooth to control the lights. We are working on designing more scales and chords as well as keys and modes so we have a greater library. We will also be integrating with Spotify, EchoNest, Facebook and Twitter so that you can pick a song you love, see all the notes light up and then share what you are playing. Sounds fun!
Another really cool update is that we’ve gotten invited to 3 very cool events for the month of May. The first is MTV’s Unboxed on May 6 in Brooklyn where we will be presenting and demoing Tabber for a great crowd of music lovers thanks to Brenna Ehrlich. Next will be a 10 day trip called Geeks On A Plane to South America which we won by taking first place at AngelHack. The trip is hosted by 500 Startups which is one of the largest angel investing firms in the world, so the trip will be packed with 50 special invite top-players (including us!). We’ll wrap up the month at TechCrunch’s annual Disrupt NYC conference on May 23rd. This will be great exposure for us and thank you to John Biggs who wrote the first Tabber article on TechCrunch for inviting us!
This is all very exciting stuff! If you live in NYC (or South America) don’t hesitate to contact us and come see us. We’d love to chat with you!