RoboTar Helps People with Impairments and Others Play Guitar

RoboTar, a robotic chord hand for guitar players will launch a crowd funding campaign to raise money for manufacturing and distribution at the end of this month.

After Glenn "Dee" Krumwiede of Wisconsin suffered a severe stroke impacting his left side, his primary focus for recovery went toward fundamental activities like walking, but a very close second was playing guitar. While Dee regained some of his ability to walk, the fine motor skill, strength and dexterity required to play guitar did not follow.

Motivated by his father's determination to play again, Kevin Krumwiede of Northern California set out to build something that could bring guitar back into his dad's life. What came next took a life of its own and Kevin found himself in the hotbed of the Maker Movement in Northern California. Surrounded by creativity, skilled and interested people to help, new products in maker electronics, access to technical meet ups, hacker spaces, access to new tools like 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC machines at locations like Tech Shop in San Francisco and incredibly supportive community, RoboTar came to life.
Now with a broader potential market that includes new guitar learners, pros that want to master new skills like improvising while playing their own chords, music teachers, therapists and children, Krumwiede is preparing to make the device more widely available leveraging a crowd funding campaign like Kickstartr.com in May.
For more information on the campaign visit www.robo-tar.com or watch Kevin's video here: http://youtu.be/p1qn5rg96Kg

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