Labo, the do-it-yourself kits that released on April 20, 2018, are pure genius on the part of Nintendo. They’re somehow breathing new life into the Nintendo Switch, which right now is burning bright like a phoenix, while teaching kids (and adults) the principles of engineering and physics.
One of the projects that the high-quality pre-cut cardboard can be turned into is the Labo Toy-Con Piano, a keyboard peripheral that turns the Switch into a functioning piano. It’s part of a $70 Variety Kit that features five do—it-yourself cardboard projects.
NINTENDO LABO PIANO
The Labo Toy-Con Piano is a 13-key, 1-octave piano. Once assembled, the Switch console sits in it and acts as its command center. One of the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers has a built-in camera, and when this controller is buried within the bowels of the constructed piano, it uses the camera to read which key is being pressed. The Switch, which sits above the keys in full view, would then respond appropriately.
While Nintendo came up with an ingenious and innovative way to distribute a piano peripheral, it is certainly not the first time that a piano has been available for a videogame console. With Labo Toy-Con Piano, Nintendo hasputanovelspinonaperipheral category with a winding, noteworthy history in gaming. Piano-style peripherals have been around for decades, and developers have offered very different visions and uses for these sometimes expensive videogame instruments. These are the industry’s Keyboard Creations.
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