Modern Day Organ Grinder is the Coolest Thing to Come Out of SXSW

By Darren Orf on at

Apple's retail plans for the Apple Watch, a bigger M9 may be coming soon, and one chill guy at SXSW. This is all the news and rumours you've missed in the last 24 hours on BitStream.


This guy's name is Michinobu Uda. He's not particularly famous in tech circles. He doesn't own some startup and didn't launch some transformative app, but he'll forever be remembered as the most chilled-out dude at SXSW 2015. Why? Because he's the inventor of the Udar, one of the strangest instruments I've ever seen. Here's just a taste.

You can hear the faint din of people hustling back and forth to look at all the stuff SXSW has on display, and this guy is just chilling (perhaps close to the buffet line?) and just going to town on his 21st-century organ-grinder. It's also strangely impossible to not smile while hearing this overly happy tune. Uda actually trained as a classical guitarist and wanted to investigate western scales in a whole new way, so he created this fretless wonder. It also has MIDI output, which means you make this instrument sound like anything you wanted. Every Udar is handmade by Uda so there's only a few in existence, but all I know is that I want one. [h/t @lindsaydarkalley]

A former computer science professor thinks AI could lead to a real-life Idiocracy, hopefully without that awkward eugenics angle. [Wall Street Journal]

Apps and Devices

  • Slack is the workplace app savior for Mac OSX, and now Windows has an official (non-beta) version. [Slack]
  • Starbucks delivery service? You knew it was only a matter of time. [Postmates]
  • Vine for iOS now sucks less! Clips will preload, and you can watch videos offline. [Vine]

Rumours!

  • Apple will give people 15-minute appointment blocks to try Apple Watch and "experts" to handle the £8,500 Edition who are most likely trained in a variety of martial arts in case people decide to get flighty. [9to5Mac]
  • HTC may be nearing a release of the HTC One M9+. You guessed it, it's just a bigger version of their flagship (with some depowered specs with maybe a QHD screen). [@upleaks]
  • I now require all robot footage to be accompanied by "Push It to the Limit" montage music.

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