The Euclid Alternative, The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem and the Projected Instrument Augmentation System. Spot the odd one out? They all sound like titles to a Big Bang Episode, but surprisingly, the last one is not! If you have spent years of dedication and hard practice learning how to play the piano, look away now! We are not saying this is big, but we are saying it is clever! The Projected Instrument Augmentation System is aimed at lazy musicians, those who want to play but don’t want to practice! Developed by researchers at the University of Ulm in Germany, the projector lies on top of any standard piano and lines up with the keyboard. A series of moving colour blocks shows the player which note to hit next. It is a little like “Rock Band”, but better.
Of course we don’t advocate cheating and the only way to really master the piano is to put in the practice. However we can see the attraction to this brilliant little invention!