The makers of the iconic Ztar plans to turn the iPad into a fully functional musical instrument.
Starr Labs is known for its popular Ztar electronic guitars that came into the market 20 years ago. Now, the music company hopes to revamp its invention to appeal to a younger generation of fans and gadget-lovers. The iTar is an iPad dock in shape of a guitar and utilizes Starr Labs’ patented 6-string and 24-fret fingerboard technology.
Jason Begin from Starr Labs assures that the iTar can handle play functions on a professional level as well as on a novelty and entertainment level.
The iTar will be made of a high-impact plastic that will withstand the bumps and bangs of its portable nature and due to its modular design, will break down easily for travel and storage. The fingerboard will be USB 2.0 bus powered via the iPad itself so there will be no need for batteries or clumsy wall warts. The docks will also feature professional quality I/O that you would find on our flagship Ztar models.
The iTar is still in the development process with the working software scheduled for completion in a few weeks. Starr Labs is currently looking for funding for the project and has also turned to Kickstarter, a crowd-sourcing website. The first batch of iTars is expected to ship start of next year and is planned to retail for $199 USD.