Portable Digital Musical Instrument Made For Nomads And Travelers

Portable Digital Musical Instrument Made For Nomads And Travelers
Design

Designer Orit Dolev made a minimalist digital guitar for people to take with them on their travels to share the universal culture of music

Zack Palm
  • 4 may 2017

Orit Dolev, an international designer who focuses on physical and digital experiences, traveled through Asia and South American to learn about the cultures of the respective regions. Dolev brought along a guitar to help bridge the gap of language to bring people together, however, she had difficulties with keeping the instrument in prime condition as the strings would break and get out of tune. This motivated her to develop NOMAD, a minimalistic digital guitar ideal for someone on-the-go, equipped with the familiar neck of the traditional instrument without the resonance box that makes packing it away an issue.

The NOMAD differs from a traditional guitar as much as it attempts to preserve it. As a digital instrument, Dolev was able to make the strings out of flexible rubber and designed the frets to make them pressure sensitive to make it easier to use while also keeping the texture as close to an authentic guitar’s strings as possible. This also makes it easier for a traveler to tuck the instrument away in a bag or suitcase, as the rubber strings don’t get broken in transit.

Through a user’s smartphone they can adjust the strings using a paired application to find the right tune they want the play with. A user can adjust the strings to sound closer to an acoustic guitar, an electric one, or a sitar, with endless choices to adjust and modify how they like. The application also has a fretless mode for a user to freely play at their leisure with a digital capo controlling the pitch of the strings, allowing anyone to create music even if they don’t know how.

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Dolev also designed a case cover to protect the NOMAD that doubles as a portable amplifier to share the music with others. As time goes on, owners can customize the case as they continue to practice reflecting themselves and the experiences they go through with NOMAD by their side along the way. If a user finds themselves in a crowded bus station, or a loud public area they can instead plug their headphones into NOMAD to continue practicing without disturbing others.

Dolev continues to work on NOMAD as its still in the prototype phase, however, she’s hard at work to make the instrument ready for mass production.

NOMAD

Orit Dolev, an international designer who focuses on physical and digital experiences, traveled through Asia and South American to learn about the cultures of the respective regions. Dolev brought along a guitar to help bridge the gap of language to bring people together, however, she had difficulties with keeping the instrument in prime condition as the strings would break and get out of tune. This motivated her to develop NOMAD, a minimalistic digital guitar ideal for someone on-the-go, equipped with the familiar neck of the traditional instrument without the resonance box that makes packing it away an issue.

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