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Easy, Simple and Fun! Make own musical keyboard and play with Cardboard
Easy, Simple and Fun! Make own musical keyboard and play with Cardboard
166 backers pledged ¥2,219,283 to help bring this project to life.

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Why KICKSTARTERS?

I am a President of the company which makes applications for smartphones. I have created a game called “Beat Mania” 20years ago. After I left the company I have worked for Sony Computer Entertainment for a few years and established a company called “YUDO”.

In “YUDO”, we have been creating many different kinds of music apps that you can enjoy in iOS. Since entering the company, we have made products that deliver pleasure to enjoy music easily and consistently.

I enjoyed composing songs by the piano since I was young. I came up with this idea from 2years ago. After thinking of how to experience the excitement I enjoyed as children, even though I have been adult for a long time now. I would like to share the joy of creating something with everyone in the world. 

Your support would be appreciated!

KAMI-OTO is...

KAMI-OTO is a fun DIY musical keyboard kit made from cardboard. The impressions and folding movements resemble traditional Japanese “origami.” The user mounts the silicon rubber contacts and assembles the cardboard keyboard component while enjoying the composition, until finally the musical keyboard is complete.

Comprising a simple structure, the musical keyboard possesses the capacity to detect velocity (strength of play) as well. Furthermore, switches such as an octave shifting button for playing, modulator, dampers, etc., that can be used in real time have been integrated. The function keys can alter the MIDI channels as well.

It facilitates connection with computers and smart phones for using applications such as synthesizers to create professional music pieces on a digital audio workstation (DAW). Furthermore, you can enjoy listening to music using the integrated sound generator and speaker simply by supplying power via USB.

 * MicroB-USB × USB Cable  NOT include

 * iOS only

Since this kit is made from cardboard, it gives you the fun of customization. In addition to using it as a keyboard, you can paint it uniquely or transform it into various musical instruments.

How to make?

Once you get, you craft cardboard first.

It will take about 30 min to finish.

We will have electronic substrate finished.

So you don't need to do anything difficult electrical things.

Specification

Size:W280xD90xH18

Weight:80g 

✳︎Might change after developing

Chip date: ATmega16A - 8-bit AVR Microcontrollers

Microchip Amp:LM386 USB:FT232 

 Reprograming : General-purpose programming terminal equipment

(Not include specific tool.)

OS : iOS only

Details of 1 assemble set

 Cardboard × 3 sheets

 Silicone rubber × 1sheet

 Electronic substrate × 1sheet 

 Instruction (English) × 1sheet

same as with/without Bluetooth 

** Not include micro-USB cable, power tap, tablet device

*** Delivery will be by Aug 2018

**** Available smartphone apps are PianoMan, 8Bitone, Matix Music Pad launched by Yudo Inc. (iOS) No extra fee for download)

https://www.yudo.jp/service/other-apps

2018 Jan 31th UPDATE

We found out keyboard parts were very fragile. 

Fragile parts were only the parts for white key and black key. 

Other parts were fine.

To use as long as you could, we offer other rewards that you will get extra sheets (white key, black key only)

Price will be ¥1000 plus for both model.

Costs

Production costs(Metal mould)¥300,000

Materials costs ¥1,000,000

Distribution cost

-(180 Overseas)¥350,000

-(320 Domestic)¥350,000

Guarantee

In the case of initial failure, we will exchange it for new items.

Schedule

We introduced prototype-1 in Tokyo Game Show. (Sep 2017)

 We made a big keyboard specially for this.

 This is prototype-1, which is a cover with Bluetooth iOS keyboard.

We opened workshop to craft and paint KAMI-OTO.

We had a lot of reviews from this event.

From those reviews, We started to make prototype-2, which is able to use without iOS keyboard.

We will introduce prototype-2 in The NAMM Show. (Jan 2018)

We will introduce this KICKSTARTER project too!

After launching the KICKSTARKER we will be fixing any bugs, proceeding production work and processing shipping procedure.

For now we are not planning to retail this project. 

Whoever could back up this project will be the fast owner.

Media 

(2018 Feb 13th update)

Many media introduced our project! 

◼︎ English media

Sonicstate http://www.sonicstate.com/news/2018/01/28/namm-2018-kami-oto-diy-cardboard-keyboard/

Gearanews https://www.gearnews.com/namm-2018-kami-oto-cardboard-keyboard-yudo/

Keyboardmag https://www.keyboardmag.com/gear/2018-namm-picks-day-2

Geeky gadgets https://www.geeky-gadgets.com/kami-oto-diy-cardboard-electronic-keyboard-kit-24-01-2018/

Whittier Daily News https://www.whittierdailynews.com/2018/01/25/namm-2018-cardboard-keyboards-and-4-other-cool-things-we-saw-before-the-event-opened/

Stuff TV https://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff/tablets-computers/yudo-kami-oto-brings-labo-cardboard-synth-ipad

SYNTHTOPIA https://www.synthtopia.com/content/2018/02/06/kami-oto-diy-cardboard-musical-keyboard-kit/

◼︎Japanese

【NEW】Wired.jp https://wired.jp/2018/02/09/yudo/

CNET Japan  https://japan.cnet.com/article/35113721/

ITmedia http://nlab.itmedia.co.jp/nl/articles/1801/25/news140.html

Digiland https://info.shimamura.co.jp/digital/newitem/2018/01/121061

Gismodo https://www.gizmodo.jp/2017/09/tgs2017-kami-oto.html

グノシー https://gunosy.com/articles/aYKDB

Barks https://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000151230

イケベ新製品情報局 http://www.ikebe-gakki-pb.com/new_product/?p=32880

fabcross https://fabcross.jp/news/2018/01/20180125_cardboardkeyboardkit_kamioto.html

サウンドレコーディングマガジン https://twitter.com/SounReco/status/957029959351980032

島村楽器公式Twitter https://twitter.com/shima_md/status/955350601658925056

AV Watch https://av.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/series/dal/1104846.html

Thank you!!

Message

I have two children.

When I enjoy music with them, it reminds me of the childhood and the pleasure which come from devoting to create something.

KAMI-OTO was made for all the generations so that they can be immersed to create by hands. 

 We would like to share two things; the joy of being immersed and fun family time in a new style through KAMI-OTO.

Thank you,

Reo Nagumo

Risks and challenges

・Delay in delivery due to accident at factory or delivery stage
・In case of natural disasters, major economic crisis, social crisis, postpone or cancel the project
・Water resistant processing is not carried out. It is not suitable for long-term use
・We are conducting research and development with general Japanese climate. We do not guarantee the operation under the special environment

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    If you like our idea, thank you!
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    KAMI-OTO (without Bluetooth)

    This is KAMI-OTO ordinary model which is without Bluetooth chip.

    You can play this connecting to iPhone or iPad with micro USB cable. (Not include)

    We haven't planned to retail sales yet.
    Here is the only place we are open it to public.

    Benefits are not only can be the fast owner, but also can get this for sure.

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    KAMI-OTO本体 Bluetooth無し (日本語)

    KAMI-OTO組み立てセット 1台分

    KAMI-OTOを組み立てて、
    USB-MicroUSBケーブルをお持ちのiPhoneやiPadに繋いで遊ぶことができます。

    現在小売の予定はありませんのでこの機会にどうぞ!

    ※ケーブル、iPhone, iPadはリワードには含まれません
    ※英語で表記したものKAMI-OTO (without Bluetooth)と同梱物、金額は同じになります

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    6 backers
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  4. Select this reward

    Pledge ¥4,000 or more About $36

    KAMI-OTO (with Bluetooth)

    This is KAMI-OTO Bluetooth model which is WITH Bluetooth chip.

    You can play this connecting to iPhone or iPad without micro USB cable.

    ※Might be able to use FM sound source
    (Not sure, but we are working hard for it!)

    We haven't planned to retail sales yet.
    Here is the only place we are open it to public.

    Benefits are not only can be the fast owner, but also can get this for sure.

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  5. Select this reward

    Pledge ¥4,000 or more About $36

    KAMI-OTO本体 Bluetooth付きモデル(日本語)

    KAMI-OTO組み立てセット 1台分

    KAMI-OTOを組み立てて、
    USB-MicroUSBケーブルをお持ちのiPhoneやiPadに繋いで遊ぶことができます。

    Bluetoothチップが入っていますので、ケーブルに繋がなくても遊ぶことができます。
    Bluetooth MIDI規格に対応。
    FM音源に対応予定ですが、現状まだ未確定です。

    現在小売の予定はありませんのでこの機会にどうぞ!

    ※ケーブル、iPhone, iPadはリワードには含まれません
    ※英語で表記したものKAMI-OTO (without Bluetooth)と同梱物、金額は同じになります

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    Ships to Only Japan
    39 backers
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  6. Select this reward

    Pledge ¥4,000 or more About $36

    KAMI-OTO(NO Bluetooth) & Extra sheets

    To use as long as you could, we offer this rewards that you will get extra sheets (white key, black key only)

    This is KAMI-OTO ordinary model which is without Bluetooth chip.

    - Assemble kit (Without Bluetooth)
    - 2sets Extra cardboard sheets
    (2White key sheets, 2Black key sheets)

    You can play this connecting to iPhone or iPad with micro USB cable. (Not include)

    We haven't planned to retail sales yet.
    Here is the only place we are open it to public.

    Benefits are not only can be the fast owner, but also can get this for sure.

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    Pledge ¥4,000 or more About $36

    KAMI-OTO本体 Bluetooth無し & 取り替え部品付き

    このセットは長く使ってもらうために、もっとも壊れやすい黒鍵と白鍵のダンボールパーツを2セットつけてお届けするものです。

    遊んでいると、鍵盤部分が弱ってしまいます。
    その場合は、鍵盤部分を取り外して新しく入れ替えるだけで、また楽しんでもらうことができます。
    このセットをお買い求めいただければ長くKAMI-OTOを楽しんでいただくことができます。

    KAMI-OTO組み立てセット(Bluetooth無し) 1台分
    黒鍵部分のパーツ 2枚
    白鍵部分のパーツ 2枚

    KAMI-OTOを組み立てて、
    USB-MicroUSBケーブルをお持ちのiPhoneやiPadに繋いで遊ぶことができます。

    現在小売の予定はありませんのでこの機会にどうぞ!

    ※ケーブル、iPhone, iPadはリワードには含まれません
    ※英語で表記したものKAMI-OTO (without Bluetooth)と同梱物、金額は同じになります

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    Ships to Only Japan
    0 backers
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  8. Select this reward

    Pledge ¥5,000 or more About $45

    KAMI-OTO(With Bluetooth) & Extra sheets

    To use as long as you could, we offer this rewards that you will get extra sheets (white key, black key only)

    This is KAMI-OTO ordinary model which is with Bluetooth chip.

    - Assemble kit (With Bluetooth)
    - 2sets Extra cardboard sheets
    (2White key sheets, 2Black key sheets)

    This is KAMI-OTO Bluetooth model which is WITH Bluetooth chip.

    You can play this connecting to iPhone or iPad without micro USB cable.

    ※Might be able to use FM sound source
    (Not sure, but we are working hard for it!)

    We haven't planned to retail sales yet.
    Here is the only place we are open it to public.

    Benefits are not only can be the fast owner, but also can get this for sure.

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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    23 backers
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  9. Select this reward

    Pledge ¥5,000 or more About $45

    KAMI-OTO本体 Bluetooth付き & 取り替え部品付き

    このセットは長く使ってもらうために、もっとも壊れやすい黒鍵と白鍵のダンボールパーツを2セットつけてお届けするものです。

    遊んでいると、鍵盤部分が弱ってしまいます。
    その場合は、鍵盤部分を取り外して新しく入れ替えるだけで、また楽しんでもらうことができます。
    このセットをお買い求めいただければ長くKAMI-OTOを楽しんでいただくことができます。

    KAMI-OTO組み立てセット(Bluetooth付き) 1台分
    黒鍵部分のパーツ 2枚
    白鍵部分のパーツ 2枚

    KAMI-OTOを組み立てて、
    Bluetoothチップが入っていますので、ケーブルに繋がなくても遊ぶことができます。

    Bluetooth MIDI規格に対応。
    FM音源に対応予定ですが、現状まだ未確定です。

    現在小売の予定はありませんのでこの機会にどうぞ!

    ※ケーブル、iPhone, iPadはリワードには含まれません
    ※英語で表記したものKAMI-OTO (without Bluetooth)と同梱物、金額は同じになります

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only Japan
    32 backers
    ¥
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    Pledge ¥70,000 or more About $625

    20 KAMI-OTO assemble kits

    This set is for 20 assemble kits.
    You can get special discount extra sheets from this order.

    -10sets(KAMI-OTO without Bluetooth model )
    -10sets (KAMI-OTO with Bluetooth model)

    plus shipping fee
    ¥1000 (Japan)
    ¥2000(Oversea)

    You can get them for free :
    2sets of extra sheets × 20 sets
    (Extra sheets are Black keys, and White keys parts in order to fix to play with KAMI-OTO as long as it can)

    ※NOT include micro-USB cable, iPad, iPhone, Android or other portable devices.

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  11. Select this reward

    Pledge ¥300,000 or more About $2,680

    100 KAMI-OTO sets & Free shipping

    This set is for 100 assemble kits.
    You can get special discount for extra sheets from this order.

    You can get two discounts
    1. ¥50000 ($450) saving for decent price
    2. Free shipping fee

    Shipping fee will be FREE!!

    -50sets(KAMI-OTO without Bluetooth model )
    -50sets (KAMI-OTO with Bluetooth model)

    You can get them for free :
    2sets of extra sheets × 100 sets
    (Extra sheets are Black keys, and White keys parts in order to fix to play with KAMI-OTO as long as it can)

    ※NOT include micro-USB cable, iPad, iPhone, or any devices.

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    Pledge ¥1,200,000 About $10,720

    400 KAMI-OTO sets & Free shipping

    This set is for 400 assemble kits.
    You can get special discount for extra sheets from this order.

    You can get two discounts
    1. ¥200000 saving for decent price
    2. Free shipping fee

    Shipping fee will be FREE!!

    -200sets(KAMI-OTO without Bluetooth model )
    -200sets (KAMI-OTO with Bluetooth model)

    You can get them for free :
    2sets of extra sheets × 100 sets
    (Extra sheets are Black keys, and White keys parts in order to fix to play with KAMI-OTO as long as it can)

    ※NOT include micro-USB cable, iPad, iPhone, or any devices.

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