Nintendo isn’t the only company making a cardboard musical keyboard

Just a few weeks ago, we’d never have guessed that cardboard musical keyboards were about to become a ‘thing’, but that’s precisely what appears to be happening. First Nintendo launches one as part of its new Labo platform, and then the Kami-Oto MIDI controller appears on Kickstarter.

This is a DIY kit based on traditional Japanese origami. It’s made up of a main board, silicon contacts and the cardboard keyboard itself, which you fold into shape. The unit connects to your computer or iOS device over USB (there’s also a Bluetooth option) and shouldn’t take more than about half an hour to build, apparently.

Find out more on the Kami-Oto Kickstarter page. A pledge of around £20 is required to secure the basic model, while the Bluetooth edition requires a pledge of around £26.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.