Ever wondered exactly how you'd sound, thrashing away on your air guitar to Deep Purple or Metallica, if you had a real axe slung over your shoulder? Well, pretty soon you might not have to wonder, as a University in Helsinki has come up with a Virtual Air Guitar - a device that will replicate the frantic flailing of your arms as it would sound on a real guitar.
The device works by tracking the movement of two orange gloves which the user wears over their hands. Based on the positioning of the gloves, how fast they're moving, and in what direction, the machine produces sound as if the user was really playing. Surprisingly, the gloves allow for an impressive range of sounds and techniques to be used, but don't require extensive knowledge of specific chords or notes to be used. Beginners and veterans will both find themselves at home strumming away on the VAG.
Quite a cool product, if you ask us. Rest assured readers, we'll have a review of this baby up the moment it's available in Australia! More information on the Virtual Air Guitar, including videos, can be found here.