Today March 14, 2013 Zivix announced the JamStik, a "portable, easy-to-use guitar-like intrument." The JamStik boasts real strings and frets, and can sync with iOS devices, smart phones, computers, video game consoles, and more. The JamStik's small portable body allows it to be easily transported inside a backpack with an iPad.
You don't need to tune the JamStik, and because it's MIDI compatible it works instantly popular apps like Apple's Garageband. There's also optical fingertip-sensing technology which allows the JamStik to "precisely locate the position of the user's fingers even before they touch the strings."
There's a small bundle of apps included with the JamStik:
- "JamTutor" is a truly interactive system that teaches entry-level guitar. Users can actually see where their fingers are on JamStik's frets, get instant feedback, and learn at their own pace.
- "JamHero" is an interactive game-like experience that lets users learn and play songs in the game-like tablature system.
- "JamMix" provides instant fun for both beginners and advanced players by enabling them to mix loops, sounds and instruments.
According to a prepared statement we received from the vice president of Ziviz Chad Koehler:
“Current musical controllers are like toys; they don't allow for the freedom of original expression or for learning musical skills that are directly transferable to other instruments. JamStik makes music more accessible than ever before. Musicians and entry-level players alike can finally connect to the digital world and hear all the nuances of sound they expect from a guitar.”
While it isn't a real guitar like we saw in "Rocksmith," the ultra-portability of the JamStik makes it enticing for some spontaneous jam sessions, recordings, and gaming while on-the-go. We look forward to getting our hands on it.