One of my favorite pieces of tech in the last years has been the JamStik. I first learned about it from Kevin Honeycutt (an educational speaker, former art teacher, and musician). Oddly enough, the company that makes the JamStik is in Minnesota, not too far away from my home.
The latest version of the JamStik is called the JamStik+, which includes Bluetooth Low Energy connection to newer iPads (iPad 4) and MacBooks (2012), and now also includes Android functionality (check your device for compatibility). The JamStik+ also included some extra tools to increase the sensitivity of the device.
As it only features the first few frets, the JamStik isn’t a guitar replacement–but it is certainly an educational tool for guitar. Training apps are free to download and turn learning guitar into a game–a realistic “Guitar Hero.” The JamStik also acts as a way to interact with MIDI information for guitarists. If I were teaching guitar, I would be using the JamStik as an instructor–and I still think a classroom set of JamStik devices in a 1:1 school makes a lot of sense (contact Zivix for educational pricing).
There are a series of devices that I wholeheartedly recommend…AirTurn, CME XKey Air, Adonit Jot Dash, Apple Pencil–and the JamStik is one of those.
Interested in a chance to win a JamStik? They are hosting a giveaway before Christmas–so sign up here and see what happens.
Zivix also sells the PUC+ which connects a MIDI keyboard to BLE MIDI, using a battery–a unique solution that works for a LOT of existing products. Zivix also sells AirJamz, a watch-like device that lets you play Air Guitar. The company is always working on ways to bring music interaction to consumers in new ways.
Note: I don’t receive any “kickback” for the link to the giveaway–I just figure that it might be worth your time to win one of these great devices.