The device shows how connected objects are becoming less phone-reliant, and branching out to new applications

Roadie Tuner is a twice-over Kickstarter success and the brainchild of Hassane Slaibi. Between 2013 and this year, the product was quickly adopted by tens of thousands of guitarists worldwide and the young company also had an exciting showcase at NAMM 2016. This tuner was initially able to automatically tune guitars through a Bluetooth connection to the phone. In its second manifestation that is currently live on Kickstarter, Roadie 2 is capable of tuning a guitar without relying on a mobile device. Roadie 2 leverages a vibration-based sensor to tune accurately in the noisiest environments. A bass version of the tuner is coming as well.

Pretty cool right? Hassane Slaibi elaborates on his POV on his company's latest release:

“Smart accessories that require the presence of a smartphone to operate can be frustrating in terms of useability. Now we have enough processing power, bluetooth low energy, better battery technology and affordable displays that – when put together – make a very powerful combination. This, with the help of great software and design, is what creates in Roadie 2 and Roadie Bass this seamlessly magical experience.

One common problem that guitarists encounter is tuning and staying in tune, especially when there's a ton of noise around. This also means that most players will stick to ‘standard tuning' and be less likely to venture into alternative tunings. Tuners may be clipped to the head of the guitar and there are numerous tuning pedals to help players too, but nothing quite compares to what the Roadie Tuner is doing and serves as a good example of how other smart objects could work.

If you've found yourself thinking the future of digital is physical, chances are you're onto something. Gradually our mobile devices seem to be fading out as mediators between physical and digital planes. As one Ad Age article succinctly puts it:

“Digital is the new normal. Yet, the most powerful digital technologies and interfaces will increasingly lead to the creation of experiences that are ultimately physical…Digital will soon become the invisible fabric and engine of our lives, leading to the creation of physical experiences that involve our bodies, feelings, emotions, actions and reactions.”

The first generation of smart products and services seem to have generally tackled user problems in autos and the home. There are also numerous newer conveniences popping up that help us satisfy more creative needs.

All this points to a larger question: to what extent will our devices ‘disappear' or become ‘invisible' as these types of integrations become more commonplace? And how will it impact the existing processes of artists and creators in the future?

Roadie Tuner

Roadie Tuner is a twice-over Kickstarter success and the brainchild of Hassane Slaibi. Between 2013 and this year, the product was quickly adopted by tens of thousands of guitarists worldwide and the young company also had an exciting showcase at NAMM 2016. This tuner was initially able to automatically tune guitars through a Bluetooth connection to the phone. In its second manifestation that is currently live on Kickstarter, Roadie 2 is capable of tuning a guitar without relying on a mobile device. Roadie 2 leverages a vibration-based sensor to tune accurately in the noisiest environments. A bass version of the tuner is coming as well.