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 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.
✳︎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)
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.
Production costs（Metal mould）￥300,000
Materials costs ￥1,000,000
In the case of initial failure, we will exchange it for new items.
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.
(2018 Feb 13th update)
Many media introduced our project!
◼︎ English media
CNET Japan https://japan.cnet.com/article/35113721/
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.
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
- (60 days)