gTar Digital Guitar
You don’t have to sell your soul to have guitar skills like Robert Johnson; all you need is an iPhone and gTar by Incident Tech. Described as “a fully digital guitar that makes it easy for anybody to play music, regardless of experience,” the gTar uses interactive LEDs to show would-be musicians the way to rock stardom. Rather than acting like a traditional guitar — the interactive LEDs should have tipped you off — the gTar uses sensors that detect what you’re playing and relays the sound to your iPhone. The gTar app already comes bundled with a ton of your favorite rock songs, and offers up easy, medium and hard modes depending on your skill level. The gTar is planned to hit production by September of this year and retail for $450. [DesignBoom via Kickstarter]
Hawk-Eye Goal-Line Tech
The stubborn dinosaurs at FIFA have finally come to their senses. Fans, coaches and players have been asking for goal-line technology for years, yet FIFA has refused to test it outside of the youth level. After numerous incidents — Frank Lampard’s “ghost goal” for England against Germany in the 2010 World Cup anyone? — Hawk-Eye technology will be tested during a match between England and Belgium on June 2, where the goal will be fitted with the system. Hawk-Eye, incidentally, is used to assist umpires in tennis and cricket. A vote on goal-line tech will eventually take place on July 2 during an International Football Association Board meeting, where it will also need approval from FIFA. [Gizmag]
Leap Motion Control Device
Own the future, Leap Motion says. For just $70, Leap’s motion sensor creates a 3D interactive space of 8 cubic feet around your computer, giving users an experience straight out of Minority Report. It’s like Kinect, but “200 times more accurate.” Based on proprietary technology, Leap is “more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen.” Simply plug the Leap into a USB port, load the software, calibrate, and that’s it. Leap says its technology can be used in art, healthcare, engineering, operating systems and gaming fields, just to name a few. Check out their website for a video demonstration. [LeapMotion]
As unabashed gadget lovers, TechnoBuffalo is always on the look out for the latest innovations in design, function and user experience. Unfortunately, we just don’t have the capacity to cover every product out there and, as a result, many worthwhile products subsequently don’t get the coverage they deserve. That’s why we’re introducing a weekly roundup of Buffalo Gear: a visual collection of some of today’s most awesome gear and gadgets. From electronics, to toys, to stuff for the outdoors, these are products we wish we owned.