Playing the piano is a great skill to have, but learning to play and practicing can be a drag. Until, wait for it… now there’s an app for that, and a smart piano to accompany it (no pun intended).
The One Smart Piano makers claim it can teach you to play your first song in five minutes. The piano works with free apps available iPads, iPhones, and Android-based devices; they light up LEDs where your fingers should land on the keyboard.
The 88 keys have professional hammer-action. There are also two sockets for earphones, one for silent practice and the other with dual sound; a USB MIDI interface; and a metronome that beats from 30 to 280 beats per second. And yes, there are also foot pedals.
It comes in an upright piano design that’s 54 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 34 inches high, as well as a keyboard only, in matte black or classic white.
The app features songs in every genre, with free sheet music. You just place your iPad or tablet on the sheet music rack, plug in, and play. The app features automatic scoring and different layers of difficulty.
The keyboards can also be played like a regular piano without the app.
You can preorder your One via an Indiegogo campaign. Funders can choose to help advance classroom music for nonprofits with a “Buy The ONE, give one” program. Current partners include Open Mind School for special needs children and Senior Planet, which both use the smart pianos for education and recreation.
The upright models cost $1,499, while the keyboard is $300. The company is offering a limited-time discount on Indiegogo, starting at $899 for the upright model and $199 for the keyboard for the earliest funders.
Both pianos are already in production and are scheduled to ship by September.