DJ Needs A Phone Too

Are you one of those musically inclined people who love to jam at the drop of a hat? Designer Jose Tomas DeLuna thinks that there is a market for the creative music junkies who like to mix their music on the go. As a result he has conceptualized KRE8, which is mobile phone but has plenty of musically enhanced features. It’s a device that bridges musical creativity and communication.

First lets talk about the physical features: KRE8 splits into two and uses sensors and accelerometers to figure out the gestures you are making. Broadly there are three modes in the system: Instrument Mode (guitar, drums, violin), Mix Mode and Record Mode. So based on the gesture inputs, the system automatically slips into any one of the Instrument Modes and follows your jam. The output is recorded as MIDI Signal and can be shared with others via 3G, which can broadcast publicly or privately giving you the option to let people jam/mix along with you.

A glass touchscreen allows editing on the fly and more than makes up for the loss of knobs, toggles and sliders used for such kind of work.

What all can this device do?
The music that you create (KRE8…got the connection?) on the device can be transmitted via wireless networks and can be broadcasted to allow any other KRE8 user to listen to the composition or add to it.

The completed mixes can be stored on the wireless network and tagged with GPS coordinates. This way when another KRE8 user comes in proximity to where the original user had tagged their mixes/jams, they’ll get a notification that a creative piece was left there, and can listen, or add to it.

I listen to music but don’t make any, so I don’t know how helpful such a device will be for those who create it. However, for what its worth I think this idea is swell and will be excellent for those who make music on the go!

Designer: Jose Tomas DeLuna

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28 Comments

  • Lamah says:

    So.. it’s essentially an iPhone with a detachable accelerometer?

    • Lamah says:

      You’ll be left in the dust by a company which just sells a software add-on (and additional accelerometer) for the iPhone. You’d have to first develop this amazing new piece of hardware from scratch. Then you have to sell this expensive device in very large quantities to pay back your development, startup and manufacturing costs.

      You have to come up with a strong mechanical and electrical linkage between the two halves (seems to be absent from the renderings). Presumably you want to be able to display things on the screens of both halves when separated. So each half will need a CPU, backlight, battery, power regulator, LCD screen & LCD driver, accelerometer and wireless unit of some kind. Only one half needs to have the sound equipment, battery charging circuitry, and the cellular modem. But the duplication in the rest of the equipment will seriously push up the manufacturing price, weight, and power consumption.

      When separated, the displays will look very odd because the display will run right to the edge of the device. When joined, you’ll undoubtedly have a big ugly seam running down the middle of the screen.

      When most of the innovation is in the software, stick to making the software.

      • Cerberus says:

        nearly all other concept phones being posted are bragging about having the screen to the edge of the handset – and yet you list that as a negitive for this one! Sure the Kre8 has some major issues that would need to be worked out , as you have rightly noted, however the “idea” has merit. Most “new must have” products are not actually new tech just new application of said tech.

        • Lamah says:

          The phone clearly displays a large border around the screen when joined, so they aren’t going for a “right to the edge” effect. Right to one edge and big border on the other would look ridiculous.

          If these things are going to mate together semi-seamlessly, the top edge is going to have to be a sharp right angle. This isn’t going to be very nice to hold. In fact the rendering shows all the edges being sharp. Ouch. Have the designers ever looked at a phone or TV remote before? You know, the things that you have to hold securely in your hand.

          • Noah says:

            If you were to black out a border around the edge, it would look like a separate screen, and not so ridiculous.

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  • very futuristic design

  • Fusher says:

    Best design than the boring iPhone 🙂

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