I know what you're thinking... "But are they really from the future?" Yes, the answer is yes. I would have included my time machine on this post but it unfortunately doesn't make music. Just an annoying high-pitch buzzing sound before I quantum leap.
Here are some gadgets that do make music, though, that I brought back from my last adventure through time:
You know this one is from the future because it's white and round. The Korg Cliphit is the high school kid's dream. You have three velocity sensitive clips that you can clamp onto any surface stiff enough to carry a vibration and start tapping away. Basically, it's a MIDI controller for drumming on the lunch table or classroom desk. On top of this, there's also a foot pedal. In 200 years, this will make the perfect Christmas gift for your great-great-great-great grandkids! I know you're not happy to hear rap is still in favor, but it's a new sub-genre introduced by the intergalactic wizard alliance. Click the image above to learn more, or visit the Kong site here.
Of course, future musicians of Galactic Sector 18, Planet Earth only use electronic instruments. When it comes time to practice, line-in for shows, or just having a jam session with the homies, they use the JamHub Greenroom. With 7 line-level inputs, 7 mic inputs with preamps, and 7 headphone outs, the entire band is rocking along. You can live mix the headphone mix on each channel and record from the master output as well. This is a complete studio recording set-up all in one semi-circle. Realistically, these preamps aren't going to be as good as a Quasar Quadrant 4 interface, but they get the job done good enough. Click the image to learn more, or visit the JamHub site here.
Perhaps the most interesting gadget I brought back from my vacation to the human colony on Zeta Epsilon was the Numark Orbit, designed for live DJ performances and as a popular bio-enhanced kid's toy. "It reminds me of something from the late 1980's," my time-traveling companion Simon says. You hold it and play it like a video game controller, including all of the triggers and buttons and wheels you'd expect. They all light up in various colors to help you remember what sounds you assigned to each pad. But the craziest part is the dual-axis accelerometer that changes the sounds as you move it around in the air. This motion detection technology would have done me a lot of good with games like Mario Kart in the distant past or in the future when I commanded the Saturnian drone army in the battle for Planet X. Click the image above or check out the official Numark site here.
"That's all she wrote!" That's a new saying I learned in the future, which apparently was burned into the surviving human's psyche after the great solar flare of 2137. It means, roughly, that that's all I have to share until my next time trip. See you then (or should I say 'when').