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$7,436 pledged of $10,000 goal
$7,436 pledged of $10,000 goal

The Sad Ending


I want to thank everyone for the support through the entire funding process. A little backstory about the project.

I decided to put this project on Kickstarter for a couple reasons. First, I needed funding. Second (and more importantly), I wanted to test the market. My primary objective in my projects in career is to positively impact the lives of as many as possible by changing the status quo in music, medicine -- anything really. 

But I hesitated in this project because its very nature was also ultimately its downfall. By requiring a computer, iPhone, and wiimote to play an instrument, the project was theoretically innovative but realistically not cost-effective. There was simply too much hardware. Ergo, the Invisible Instrument did not see complete success on Kickstarter's platform; however, it has lead to other accomplishments.

The Invisible Instrument won an MTV O Music Award last week and for that I thank you all, the supporters. My greatest apologies to those who wholeheartedly tried to aid the success of this project, but don't worry, this isn't the last of Invisible Instruments.

Rather, I want to simplify. My hopes are that I can remove the computer component of the design, so that the instrument becomes truly portable. If you still want to donate to the project, a Korean crowdsourcing platform FUNDU has picked up the project ( The funding will close on June 30th.

From here, I will continue work on the Invisible Instrument in the background, but I am concurrently working on a couple web applications that I hope will revolutionize the patient online experience (for those who don't know, I am a medical student). Stay tuned!

Again, I want to thank you all for your support and as always feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. (


Tim Soo

P.S. If any Android developers would like to help me work on an Android Invisible Instruments app, PLEASE contact me. Thanks!


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    1. Darva Campbell on May 9, 2011

      Thanks for promising to keep us posted . . . I'm disappointed, but am sure this is just the beginning of something even more wonderful for you.

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      nelson cambata on May 8, 2011

      Do not give up !!!

    3. Tim Soo 2-time creator on May 6, 2011

      @Scott @Toshiya Don't worry about funding the project via the Korean site for now. I honestly don't understand it either, they did the entire process for me. I will definitely be in contact with the backers if and when I figure out how to develop this project without the need for a computer (make it a simpler app). Stay tuned!

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      Scott North on May 6, 2011

      Sorry to hear this did not get enough support. It is a great idea and like Toshiya as we do not speak Korean we cannot contribute to this project.

    5. Toshiya Matsushima on May 6, 2011

      I would like to keep donate the project, but can not read Korean.
      Can you help us to have English page?