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Mar 9

Tabber wins AngelHack

Sorry we didn’t update sooner. Sunday at 11pm we found out we had won the East Coast part of the competition. Then we spent the next day preparing to pitch before some of the biggest angel investors in the world in the nationwide finals. We presented although there were technical difficulties. At midnight, the news broke: Boston had indeed beat San Francisco and we were the winners!

What an amazing further validation for us. One of the prizes was tickets on the Startup Bus to go to SXSW, the biggest tech and music stage in the world.

So now after 3 days on a bus with shoddy power and Internet, we are 1 hour away from our dream event.

Kickstarter is going live in the next 24 hours! We had to push it early because of the amazing traction we got. We are super excited about this!!!

Over AngelHack, we built a revolutionary component for our software. It was an extremely difficult technical challenge because no one had done it. So we had to write everything from scratch.

So…what we built: we can now grab any tab file from the Internet, parse it into what the phone can understand, and stream that song in real time to the phone. This means that our library of songs is almost unlimited in its capabilities. So we are working hard to make sure we can present Tabber users with any song they want to learn, not just the classics.

That’s our update, we’ll keep you posted on how SXSW goes!!

Mar 4

Angelhack. We are back at another hackathon! These events are always great, but this one is super cool to us. 

When we presented at SF Music Hackday, someone in the audience really liked Tabber and he happened to be Greg Goppman who, along with his partners, organize Angelhack. He offered us free tickets to attend (which was cool because we would’ve come anyway ;). Angelhack is really unique in terms of both the quality of judges and the really awesome prizes you can get for coming out on top. You can read all about it at www.angelhack.com

We are here to build more of Tabber, any prizes that come would be a plus. Our main goal for this weekend was to get songs working. The initial plan was to scrape for tab files on the internet, which come in a variety of formats. We were then planning to convert those into our format so that you can see the tabs appear as lights on Tabber. Then you’d be able to share those songs and listen to them through Spotify. 

We’ve been working hard, still here at 12:20AM but it’s still too early to say our status. We’re overcoming a lot of tough technical challenges and are going to keep at it. We’ll update you tomorrow with how we did!

Mar 2

Testing just the height, no design.

Mar 2
Paper prototyping start. This is the MVP, if you will, of the physical design of the sleeve prototype. At the moment, we “think” our design works, but this is really a sanity check that we won’t affect sound or playability too much. It’s not exactly professional, but it’s time to get some kind of physical model in our hands as the new prototype won’t arrive for several weeks. 

It’s cheap and dirty, exactly as it should be.

Paper prototyping start. This is the MVP, if you will, of the physical design of the sleeve prototype. At the moment, we “think” our design works, but this is really a sanity check that we won’t affect sound or playability too much. It’s not exactly professional, but it’s time to get some kind of physical model in our hands as the new prototype won’t arrive for several weeks.

It’s cheap and dirty, exactly as it should be.

Back to Providence

We are back and settled in to Providence (for now). We had an awesome experience out in San Francisco including Music Hackday and Music Tech Sunmit. People really liked Tabber! We got written up in Evolver.fm, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, NBC Bay Area and also Hack of the Month by Controllerism! You can read all of them at www.tabber.co which also got a redesign.

The newest prototype of the sleeve is coming along well but these things take time. We are lining up all of our production facilities to be ready to go when Kickstarter ends. The new date of Kickstarter is March 25. That was the soonest we knew we could get our sleeve production ramped up.

In the meantime, Tabber put on a really cool light show that got over 6,000 views in 6 days by word of mouth alone! To see the video, just search for “Crazy Guitar Lights” on YouTube.

User testing starts Friday and should be a lot of fun. Another video is to come as well. We’ll be sure to keep you posted!

A work in progress. The boards are coming along really well. We’ll have light patterns by tonight!!

A work in progress. The boards are coming along really well. We’ll have light patterns by tonight!!

Feb 9

Completed boards look awesome! Next step getting them into the necks, then on to Cali to show them off!!

Feb 8

Flashy new, custom light boards that drive the newest Tabber prototypes.

Feb 8
Our new necks in rough mode, getting polished and fully assembled today thanks to Nick and Kipp!

Our new necks in rough mode, getting polished and fully assembled today thanks to Nick and Kipp!

Feb 8

Our new blog!

This is where we will post all of our updates from now on. Be sure to check out the status of the Music Everywhere project and all of the work being done on the Tabber guitars. Reach out to us any time, we’d love to chat!