• 04.30.10

Transform iPad Into a Pluckable, 21st-Century Harp With Squiggle

A novel concept for new breed of musical instrument.


Given all the amazing musical-instrument apps on iPhone, it was only a matter of time until someone designed a truly novel instrument app for the iPad. Winner for the coolest among the crop of early entrants: Squiggle, an iPad app in development that allows you to draw lines across the screen, which then become strings that can be plucked like a futuristic harp.


Created by Henry Chu of pill
& pillow
, a Hong Kong design studio, you lay the iPad flat to create your string layout, then tilt it to start playing them. Flipping it over clears the screen.

About the author

Cliff is director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.