Droid Does: Software-Based Harmony With Competing Operating Systems [Video]


Now this is just plain cool. His name is Steffest, and he coded a music app on three different operating systems – Android (Java), iPhone (Objective-C), and Windows Mobile (C#) – and made perhaps the coolest guitar I’ve ever seen (at least for a phone geek’s standards).

While it isn’t pretty on the hardware side, he strapped together 5 different devices (a couple of which seems to be Android-based) onto a piece of wood and routed the audio from each device to a battery-powered speaker. He added that sound latency issues was the reason he couldn’t code one app and deploy it to all 3 operating systems.


The end result is a very smooth-sounding “hack” of sorts. He gives us a demo of the song Cracklin Rosie and – for the type of setup he’s put together – it doesn’t sound half bad at all. He’ll be presenting the device that he calls “The Phone Guitar” at MobileCampBrussels, a conference about mobile cross-platform development.

For more details, take a gander at his blog. [via Gizmodo]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. that was so damn impressive!

  2. Yeah, I’m impressed. That takes a lot of talent (musically and physically). It sounded pretty damn good.

  3. someone is too rich too :P
    can I get one phone ? :D

  4. Talent perhaps, to much frikin time on his hands….YES

  5. Oh, c’mon, that form factor is just dying for a virtual banjo implementation. He’s even got the fifth-string peg, sort of.

  6. I agree with JiMMaR…
    gotta say though…pretty talented!

  7. That is pretty sweet. Wonder if he has the app for Android. It looked like the main phone he was using was an Iphone.

  8. Thats really cool.

    A union of smart phones.

  9. 1 guitar with one keyboard would have been easier and cheaper. imho :)

  10. well it looks like theres a Nexus One there….

  11. too bad the most used tool is the guitar app for the iphone. Multitouch for Android leaves a lot to be desired.

    -happy N1 owner

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